Definitions for marriageˈmær ɪdʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mar•riageˈmær ɪdʒ(n.)

  1. the social institution under which a man and woman live as husband and wife by legal or religious commitments.

  2. the state, condition, or relationship of being married.

  3. the legal or religious ceremony that formalizes marriage.

  4. an intimate living arrangement without legal sanction:

    a trial marriage.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. any intimate association or union.

  6. a blending of different elements or components.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of marriage:

1250–1300; < OF, =mari(er) to marry1+-age -age

Princeton's WordNet

  1. marriage, matrimony, union, spousal relationship, wedlock(noun)

    the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)

    "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"

  2. marriage, married couple, man and wife(noun)

    two people who are married to each other

    "his second marriage was happier than the first"; "a married couple without love"

  3. marriage, wedding, marriage ceremony(noun)

    the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony

    "their marriage was conducted in the chapel"

  4. marriage(noun)

    a close and intimate union

    "the marriage of music and dance"; "a marriage of ideas"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. marriage(noun)ˈmær ɪdʒ

    the relationship between two people who are married, or the state of being married

    a long and happy marriage

  2. marriageˈmær ɪdʒ

    the act of getting married

    Their marriage took place at a secret location.

Wiktionary

  1. marriage(Noun)

    The state of being married.

    You should enter marriage for love.

  2. marriage(Noun)

    The union of two (or sometimes more) people, usually to the exclusion of all others.

  3. marriage(Noun)

    A wedding; a ceremony in which people wed.

    You are cordially invited to the marriage of James Smith and Jane Doe.

  4. marriage(Noun)

    A close union.

  5. marriage(Noun)

    A joining of two parts.

  6. marriage(Noun)

    A king and a queen, when held as a hand in Texas hold 'em and some other card games.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Marriage(verb)

    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. Marriage(verb)

    the marriage vow or contract

  3. Marriage(verb)

    a feast made on the occasion of a marriage

  4. Marriage(verb)

    any intimate or close union

Freebase

  1. Marriage

    Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people called spouses that establishes rights and obligations between the spouses, between the spouses and their children, and between the spouses and their in-laws. The definition of marriage varies according to different cultures, but it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged. When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal. In many cultures, marriage is formalized via a wedding ceremony. In terms of legal recognition, most sovereign states and other jurisdictions limit marriage to opposite-sex couples or two persons of opposite gender in the gender binary, and a diminishing number of these permit polygyny, child marriages, and forced marriages. In modern times, a growing number of countries and other jurisdictions have lifted bans on and have established legal recognition for same-sex marriage, interracial marriage, and interfaith marriage. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity. People marry for many reasons, including: legal, social, libidinal, emotional, financial, spiritual, and religious. Marriages can be performed in a secular civil ceremony or in a religious setting. The act of marriage usually creates normative or legal obligations between the individuals involved. Some cultures allow the dissolution of marriage through divorce or annulment. Polygamous marriages may also occur in spite of national laws.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. marriage

    1. A legal or religious ceremony by which two persons of the opposite sex solemnly agree to harass and spy on each other for ninety-nine years, or until death do them join. 2. A way-station, not the end of the journey. 3. The aspiration of two vowels to be a diphthong. 4. Love's demitasse.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Marriage

    The social institution involving legal and/or religious sanction whereby men and women are joined together for the purpose of founding a family unit.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'marriage' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1278

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'marriage' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2719

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'marriage' in Nouns Frequency: #548


Translations for marriage

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

marriage(noun)

the ceremony by which a man and woman become husband and wife

Their marriage took place last week; (also adjective) the marriage ceremony.

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