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

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Yes, wedding presents may be given — or not — within a year after the ceremony. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: To stop talk of illness, fight fire with fire," 17 Sep. 2019 Canadian restauranteur and Gusto 54 Restaurant Group CEO Janet Zuccarini funded the buyout of her former restaurant partner with wedding money from her father—and never took any outside money to grow her now multi-restaurant empire. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Gusto 54 CEO Is Expanding Her Empire—Into Cannabis," 17 Sep. 2019 The state Supreme Court said its ruling is limited to only the creation of custom wedding invitations by Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski and isn't a blanket exemption from the ordinance for all their business operations. NBC News, "Arizona artists win suit over same-sex wedding invitations," 17 Sep. 2019 Take a 90-minute house tour to see a collection of letters from Queen Elizabeth, the twin beds where Ronald and Nancy Reagan laid their heads, and the fireplace that was the backdrop for Frank Sinatra’s wedding to Barbara in 1976. Los Angeles Times, "Getting to know famous people through their (now historic) houses," 17 Sep. 2019 The two soon became inseparable, with Mr. Liberman guiding Mr. Netanyahu in and out of weddings, bar mitzvahs and local party offices, always ready with a sandwich or a clean shirt. New York Times, "Israel Election Could Turn on Ugly Breakup of an Odd Couple," 16 Sep. 2019 Gospel music legend Mavis Staples, who spurned Bob Dylan’s wedding proposal in the 1960s, is a reliably fiery opening act. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fall arts 2019 | Music: Bad Bunny, Van Morrison, Blind Boys of Alabama and more," 15 Sep. 2019 Family members were away from the home at the time, attending the daughter’s wedding, officials said. Fox News, "House explosion in Pennsylvania linked to dad's suicide on daughter's wedding day: cops," 15 Sep. 2019 But flasks are so much more than just an insurance policy against weddings with bad drinks (or none at all). Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "Flask Cocktails You Can Drink in the Backcountry," 13 Sep. 2019

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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 How to pronounce wedding (audio) \

Kids Definition of wedding

: a marriage ceremony

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