Definition of Marriage

1. Noun. The state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce). "God bless this union"

2. Noun. Two people who are married to each other. "A married couple without love"
Exact synonyms: Man And Wife, Married Couple
Generic synonyms: Family, Family Unit
Specialized synonyms: Mixed Marriage
Member holonyms: Better Half, Married Person, Mate, Partner, Spouse

3. Noun. The act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony. "Their marriage was conducted in the chapel"
Exact synonyms: Marriage Ceremony, Wedding
Generic synonyms: Rite, Ritual
Specialized synonyms: Bridal, Espousal, Civil Marriage, Love Match, Remarriage
Derivative terms: Marry, Marry, Wed

4. Noun. A close and intimate union. "A marriage of ideas"
Generic synonyms: Unification, Union

Definition of Marriage

1. n. The act of marrying, or the state of being married; legal union of a man and a woman for life, as husband and wife; wedlock; matrimony.

2. n. In bézique, penuchle, and similar games at cards, the combination of a king and queen of the same suit. If of the trump suit, it is called a royal marriage.

Definition of Marriage

1. Noun. The state of being married. (defdate from 14th c.[./index.php?term=marriage "marriage" - Online Etymology Dictionary], Douglas Harper, accessed on 2012-04-11) ¹

2. Noun. The union of two (or sometimes more) people, usually to the exclusion of all others. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

3. Noun. A wedding; a ceremony in which people wed. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

4. Noun. (figuratively) A close union. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

5. Noun. A joining of two parts. ¹

6. Noun. (poker slang) A king and a queen, when held as a hand in Texas hold 'em and some other card games. ¹

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Definition of Marriage

1. the legal union of a man and woman [n -S]

Medical Definition of Marriage

1. 1. The act of marrying, or the state of being married; legal union of a man and a woman for life, as husband and wife; wedlock; matrimony. "Marriage is honorable in all." (Heb. Xiii. 4) 2. The marriage vow or contract. 3. A feast made on the occasion of a marriage. "The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king which made a marriage for his son." (Matt. Xxii. 2) 4. Any intimate or close union. Marriage brokage. The business of bringing about marriages. The payment made or demanded for the procurement of a marriage. Marriage favors, knots of white ribbons, or bunches of white flowers, worn at weddings. Marriage settlement, a settlement of property in view, and in consideration, of marriage. Synonym: Matrimony, wedlock, wedding, nuptials. Marriage, Matrimony, Wedlock. Marriage is properly the act which unites the two parties, and matrimony the state into which they enter. Marriage is, however, often used for the state as well as the act. Wedlock is the old Anglo-Saxon term for matrimony. Origin: OE. Mariage, F. Mariage. See Marry. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Marriage

marriage (current term)
marriage agencies
marriage agency
marriage bed
marriage beds
marriage broker
marriage brokerage
marriage ceremony
marriage certificate
marriage certificates
marriage contract
marriage counseling
marriage counsellor
marriage finger

Literary usage of Marriage

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Who's who in America by John William Leonard, Albert Nelson Marquis (1903)
"STATISTICS OF marriage Among the much discussed questions having an important bearing on sociological problems are several relating to marriage. ..."

2. Science and Health with a Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (1906)
"CHAPTER HI marriage What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. In the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, ..."

3. The Innocents Abroad: Or the New Pilgrims' Progress by Mark Twain (2001)
"She refused the marriage, at first; she said Fulbert would betray the secret to save her, ... But she was overruled, and the private marriage took place. ..."

4. Handbook on the Law of Persons and Domestic Relations by Walter Checkley Tiffany (1921)
"marriage, in .the sense of the act by which the parties become husband and ... The term "marriage" has been used in two senses, and this double use of the ..."

5. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1914)
"marriage certificates of health. Getting married in Wisconsin. Lit. ... Bee also marriage certificates of health. marriage of Columbine (Drama by H. Chapín) ..."

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