noun, often attributive
wed·​ding | \ˈwe-diŋ \

Definition of wedding 

1 : a marriage ceremony usually with its accompanying festivities : nuptials

2 : an act, process, or instance of joining in close association

3 : a wedding anniversary or its celebration usually used in combination a golden wedding

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Examples of wedding in a Sentence

The wedding will be at 2:00 p.m. the couple chose to have a garden wedding

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Though rain supposedly means good luck on a wedding day, one pair of Mississippi lovebirds were even more fortunate when strangers offered to host their nuptials inside their home after a torrential rainstorm threatened to ruin their beachside vows. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Mississippi couple hosts strangers' wedding inside their home after nuptials are rained out," 10 July 2018 The $10 eyeliner, $13 mascara, and frills-free $4 SPF lip balm that Cuoco wore on her wedding day, ahead., "Kaley Cuoco Wore $46 Worth Of Drugstore Makeup On Her Wedding Day," 2 July 2018 But after that gesture, and after his father’s openly racist behavior at his and Seema’s wedding, he’d mostly avoided the old man. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Kathie, a former senior vp at Rogers & Cowan — Phil Donahue and Mario Thomas were the official witnesses at their wedding — daughter Kimberly and grandchildren Wyatt and Devon. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Richard Valeriani, Longtime 'NBC Nightly News' Correspondent, Dies at 85," 18 June 2018 The month logged 11 days of at least 90 degrees, including a scorching high of 101 on June 28, though the high on your wedding day was just 90 degrees. Tom Skilling,, "Ask Tom: How hot was it on this couple's wedding day in 1952?," 17 June 2018 Meghan accessorized her fitted black Dior dress, which has a neckline reminiscent of her Givenchy wedding dress, with a black fascinator by Stephen Jones, and a simple black clutch and pale heels, both also by Dior. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears Custom Dior to the RAF 100th Anniversary Celebrations," 10 July 2018 From live weddings and public breakups & divorces to newborn babies, upcoming shows and books, and so on, there really hasn’t been a dull moment lately. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Who Should Play Your Favorite HGTV Stars In A Movie?," 10 July 2018 Carpentersville has agreed on tax incentives for the duo redeveloping a building overlooking the Fox River into a wedding venue. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Carpentersville gives tax help to wedding venue developers," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of wedding

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of wedding

: a ceremony at which two people are married to each other


wed·​ding | \ˈwe-diŋ \

Kids Definition of wedding

: a marriage ceremony

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