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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The Canadian stylist and closest confidant to Meghan Markle has been lending her expertise since Markle started planning the wedding of the year. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Trusted Friend/ Stylist Advised on Her Ireland Wardrobe," 11 July 2018 As pointed out by In Style, Meghan wore the same print this past weekend to the wedding of Prince Diana's niece. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez and Meghan Markle Wore the Same Oscar de la Renta Print," 2 July 2018 After their Memorial Day lovefest, the couple traveled to New Jersey to attend the wedding of one of Nick's cousins. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Attended an Engagement Party in India," 29 June 2018 She's also rebuilt her relationship with the royal family, most notably attending the recent wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How Sarah Ferguson Rebuilt Her Net Worth and Relationship With the Royal Family," 29 June 2018 Auersperg’s soirée honored Ferdinand, the king of Naples and Sicily, and his wife, Maria Carolina of Austria, in Vienna for the weddings of their two daughters. Matthew Guerrieri,, "Mozart for an era of political machinations," 28 June 2018 Serena Williams, one of the greatest athletes of all time, was among the many celebrity guests (including Oprah as well as George and Amal Clooney!) at the recent royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Serena Williams Says the Royal Wedding Was ‘Super Fun’," 26 June 2018 The court sent back a pending appeal from a florist in Richland, Wash., who was convicted of violating the state’s civil rights law for refusing to provide a floral arrangement for a wedding of two men. David G. Savage,, "Supreme Court puts off further rulings on partisan gerrymandering and religion vs. same-sex weddings," 25 June 2018 Today, the Duchess got to enjoy a little quality time with Prince Harry at the wedding of Celia McCorquodale (a cousin of the Prince), in Stoke Rochford. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Meghan, Duchess of Sussex Does Luxe Bohemian for the Wedding of Cecilia McCorquodale," 17 June 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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