wedding

noun, often attributive
wed·​ding | \ ˈwe-diŋ How to pronounce wedding (audio) \

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 combinationa 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
Recent Examples on the Web With continued uncertainty over the feasibility of large, in-person gatherings, people around the world are resorting to videoconferencing for all manner of celebrations from weddings to proms to milestone birthdays. Alix Wall, SFChronicle.com, "How to throw the perfect pandemic celebration on Zoom," 1 June 2020 The report also found that gay weddings have generated an estimated $244 million in state and local taxes in the last five years and support 45,000 jobs a year. NBC News, "Gay marriage generated $3.8B over 5 years, study finds," 1 June 2020 My son found my wedding band — my husband’s deceased — and all of our pictures. John Carlisle, Freep.com, "A hot dog truck rolled though destroyed Sanford. This is what they saw.," 29 May 2020 In recent weeks, couples have planned weddings at drive-in theatres in Oklahoma, Utah, and Texas. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "A Diner Turned Drive-In in Queens," 29 May 2020 At Eugenie's wedding, Princess Beatrice served as maid of honor and gave a reading from The Great Gatsby. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Princess Beatrice Receives Heartfelt Tribute from Mom Sarah Ferguson on Her Would-Be Wedding Day," 29 May 2020 In fact, The Knot, an online wedding resource, found that 91% of millennials surveyed preferred to get married without an audience. oregonlive, "Ready to elope? Tiny Wedding on Wheels let couples get hitched anywhere," 29 May 2020 Willing to adapt With high school proms canceled and weddings delayed, Sophia's Bridal and Tux in Southport has been hit hard by the shutdown. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "Mom and pop shops reopen to a changed world. Here's how they'll adapt.," 28 May 2020 But with graduations, proms and weddings being either canceled or postponed, many stylists have lost their primary source of income. Scarlette Whyte, CBS News, ""I don't know where my future will go": Beauty industry professionals face uncertain futures as states reopen," 28 May 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wedding.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of wedding

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

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“Wedding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wedding. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for wedding

wedding

noun
How to pronounce wedding (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wedding

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

wedding

noun
wed·​ding | \ ˈwe-diŋ How to pronounce wedding (audio) \

Kids Definition of wedding

: a marriage ceremony

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