What does marriage mean?

Definitions for marriage
ˈmær ɪdʒmar·riage

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word marriage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. marriage, matrimony, union, spousal relationship, wedlocknoun

    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 wifenoun

    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 ceremonynoun

    the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony

    "their marriage was conducted in the chapel"

  4. marriagenoun

    a close and intimate union

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

Wiktionary

  1. marriagenoun

    The state of being married.

    You should enter marriage for love.

  2. marriagenoun

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

  3. marriagenoun

    A wedding; a ceremony in which people wed.

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

  4. marriagenoun

    A close union.

  5. marriagenoun

    A joining of two parts.

  6. marriagenoun

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Marriageverb

    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. Marriageverb

    the marriage vow or contract

  3. Marriageverb

    a feast made on the occasion of a marriage

  4. Marriageverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Marriage

    mar′ij, n. the ceremony by which a man and woman become husband and wife: the union of a man and woman as husband and wife.—adj. Marr′iageable, suitable, or at a proper age, for marriage.—ns. Marr′iageableness; Marr′iage-con′tract, an agreement to be married: an agreement respecting property by persons about to marry.—n.pl. Marr′iage-fā′vours, knots or decorations worn at a marriage.—n. Marr′iage-sett′lement, an arrangement of property, &c., before marriage, by which something is secured to the wife or her children, in case of her husband's death. [O. Fr. mariage. See Marry.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. marriage

    A relationship created with mutual honesty, respect, trust, truthful communication, loyalty and unconditional love with the feeling, knowing and understanding a couple are united in a life partnership to share, grow and evolve together with mutual aspirations, goals and a united purpose, confirmed on an official unity governmental register.

    Marriage is a relationship that people choose to share, grow and evolve together with mutual aspirations, goals and a united purpose.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 17, 2016  
  2. marriage

    A type of union and ceremony cocreated by a couple at a specific location, signed on an official unity governmental register, following with a party of celebration.

    Marriage is a life commitment for two people who love each other to the depth of their souls.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019  

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

How to pronounce marriage?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

How to say marriage in sign language?

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of marriage in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of marriage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of marriage in a Sentence

  1. Emeasoba George:

    True Love always protects, it always trusts, it always hopes and it always perseveres. Reference 1st Corianthians 13:7. The scripture says all that in black and white. And that is to say evidently and obviously, every true love must be protective of his or her spouse or partner. Besides, every true love must be trustworthy. In other words, he or she should always trust his or her partner or spouse and should be trusted equally. Moreover, every true love should be hopeful always and not at all hopeless, no matter what. Also, every true love is expected to persevere all through tough times and never to give up or quit. Now that is just proven attributes of true love. The burning question is. Do you have the above characteristics in your relationship or marriage? If your answer is NO. Then, you've got to have a rethink and afterwards just imbibe and portray all the above attributes. For, that is just what is expected of you and nothing less than that. -Emeasoba George

  2. Claude Arnold:

    Hollywood may portray marriage fraud as a romantic farce, but it’s a serious crime with serious implications, schemes like this not only undermine the integrity of our nation’s legal immigration system, they pose a security vulnerability and potentially rob deserving immigrants of benefits they rightfully deserve.

  3. Hui Liu:

    Marriage counseling is focused largely on younger couples, but these results show that marital quality is just as important at older ages, even when the couple has been married 40 or 50 years.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    The key to Successful and Happy Marriage is the Husband saying the following three sentences, in the same sequence to his Wife: (1) I am wrong, (2) You are right, and (3) I love you.

  5. Bobby Jindal:

    I support traditional marriage and we should reject attempts by the Obama administration to force same-sex marriage on all 50 states. The State Marriage Defense Act helps safeguard the ability of states to preserve traditional marriage for their citizens.

Images & Illustrations of marriage

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