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 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
Recent Examples on the Web When Nicole Bowles and Hosein Heidari sent out invitations to their August wedding, postponed by a year from the original date, Bowles couldn’t stand the thought of trimming the guest list to fewer than 50 people. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening this weekend with COVID-19 in the Chicago area," 1 May 2021 In the hopes of finding out who her father is, Sophie secretly invites to her wedding three men from Donna’s younger years—will her plan work? Serena Tara, Marie Claire, "The 13 Best Summer Movies of All Time," 15 Apr. 2021 Prior to their 2008 wedding, the two lovebirds promised to have each other's backs forever -- and got each other's names tattooed on their backs. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Musicians Who Have Tattoos Dedicated to Their Significant Others," 9 Apr. 2021 The road to that wedding, on November 20, 1947, was not perfectly smooth. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, "The Story of Queen Elizabeth's Wedding Day," 9 Apr. 2021 Then most of them came to my first wedding, a weeklong Wyoming affair packed with hiking, wildlife watching, picnics, and scenic floats in my backyard, Grand Teton National Park. Dina Mishev, Outside Online, "The Ultimate Grand Teton National Park Travel Guide," 7 Apr. 2021 In the run up to the May 2018 wedding and for about six months immediately after, the UK media welcomed Meghan as a breath of American fresh air in a stuffy royal institution. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Piers Morgan amps up anti-Meghan Markle rhetoric in interview with Tucker Carlson," 6 Apr. 2021 Also, Middleton wore white—a nod to her royal wedding, perhaps? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Just Walked Down the Aisle Again at Their Wedding Venue," 23 Mar. 2021 Another fan is also thinking ahead to Elizabeth and Nathan's wedding. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Will 'When Calls the Heart' Be Renewed for Season 9? Fans Want to Know," 22 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of wedding

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

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12 May 2021

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“Wedding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce wedding (audio) \

Kids Definition of wedding

: a marriage ceremony

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