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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Family photos and wedding photos stood in frames on another shelf where the wall had been ripped away. Fox News, "Reporter's Notebook: Dorian leaves wrecked homes and lives on Grand Bahama Island," 8 Sep. 2019 Shiv's season one wedding was filmed at Eastnor Castle in England. Hugh Hart, Fortune, "An Inside Look at ‘Succession’s’ Corporate Melodrama With Adam McKay and Kieran Culkin," 8 Sep. 2019 Williams was a star guest at Meghan's wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018 at Windsor Castle. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan turns up at U.S. Open to watch pal Serena Williams try to make history," 7 Sep. 2019 The tennis star and her husband Alexis Ohanian also attended the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May of last year. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Meghan Markle Showed Her Support for Serena Williams at the U.S. Open Because Game Recognizes Game," 7 Sep. 2019 The couple hasn’t set a wedding date or location yet. John Sharp |, al, "Alabama beach engagement stirs heartwarming search, reactions on social media," 7 Sep. 2019 The tennis star and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, attended Meghan and Prince Harry's wedding last year. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wears a Denim Dress to Watch Serena Williams in the U.S. Open Finals," 7 Sep. 2019 Where Instant Elopements, Forest Hills, Queens Greek Touch Ms. Sartzis brought stefana wedding crowns joined by a ribbon to the ceremony. New York Times, "Brought Together by Fate, and Three Finicky Cats," 6 Sep. 2019 Woodbridge’s wife once gave an enslaved couple to her son as a wedding present, permanently separating them from their three children. Amanda Blanco,, "A new project reveals the hidden history of colonial people of color who are buried in downtown Hartford," 6 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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