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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Later, at Rossi’s wedding, J.J. tried to backtrack on her admission. Megan Stein, Country Living, "‘Criminal Minds’ Dropped a Major Bombshell During the Finale and People Are Furious," 7 Feb. 2019 There are a few shoppers downstairs: a chic French couple, a young mother with a Southern accent and a toddler in tow, a woman looking for a dress to wear to her son’s wedding. Alex Kuczynski, Town & Country, "Diane and Talita von Furstenberg Turn an American Empire into a Family Dynasty," 7 Feb. 2019 Kevin wants Moose to be his date to his father’s wedding, but Moose still isn't out to his own father and doesn’t feel ready. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Can Riverdale Please Be "Bizarrodale" Every Week?," 7 Feb. 2019 This is $20 million from a guy who got weepy about almost being late for his brother’s wedding because his Gulfstream 650ER didn’t get him there in time. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Tesla’s board is too weak to stop its CEO Elon Musk from tweeting," 5 Oct. 2018 In the photos, Chopra can be seen wearing a stunning red wedding gown, which Cuttrell revealed was a custom Dior design. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra's Custom Red Dior Wedding Gown Is Exquisite," 28 Dec. 2018 The film's costume designer, Mary Vogt, worked with director Jon M. Chu to create some unforgettable looks, from Araminta's wedding gown (which was really a bodysuit with a skirt attachment) to Rachel's Cinderella moment in the pastel blue Marchesa. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The 10 Best Fashion Movies That Aren't The Devil Wears Prada," 24 Dec. 2018 There’s one superlative saga that stands out to Sheppard: her very first wedding. Josh Snider, Popular Mechanics, "The Ferocious Cooking of Fig and Pig," 7 Dec. 2018 Both Priyanka and Nick wore Ralph Lauren, with the bride donning a custom wedding gown. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Are Married," 1 Dec. 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


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Kids Definition of wedding

: a marriage ceremony

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