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

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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. H.L. Mencken:

    For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe... Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end.

  2. Michel de Montaigne:

    If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.

  3. Harlan Miller:

    Often the difference between a successful marriage and a mediocre one consists of leaving about three or four things a day unsaid.

  4. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. To understand life To understand life, people look at mountains and waves - this is romanticism. To understand life, you need to look at a busy intersection - this is realism. You look at the crossroads and think where they are all in a hurry, after all, they do not have time to live, they are in a hurry to do stupid things, they hurry to their graves. 2. Selfishness of people A society entirely based on selfishness and disunity will have no future. A country that does not strive for progress is simply waiting for a salary. Selfishness is the suicide of a country. 3. People obsessed with selfishness do not know what reality looks like, since it is part of the soul, not matter. 4. Money destroyed quite a few couples Money destroyed many couples, many hearts and destinies. Money halves guilt and resentment. Like a bloody knife destroys a relationship, cuts off a lasting relationship by the roots. Pettiness becomes very important when money is everything. How long the relationship will last depends on the exchange rate. Choosing between a man and pettiness, they choose a trifle, especially a woman, because for them details and trifles, like a trifle in their pocket, are very important. 5. Comic matrix Man lives in illusions in the comical matrix of his absurd vices and paradoxical instincts. 6. Embedded logic The embedded logic is a thread of control of a person by manipulating his instincts and vices. 7. The world and the brain strives for the future, and the soul gets stuck in the past. The heart aches with the present. 8. Alone, we learn the depths of reality. 9. All our thinking becomes a mechanized formality of robotic consciousness. The technologization of logic, the improvement of the details of thinking due to the instincts that money controls. 10. Second and minute hands The second and minute hands subconsciously accelerate our internal aging of the brain. If the millisecond hand appears, aging will accelerate. The philosophy of the brain develops at the expense of the speed of a second. Time turns your whole life into a schedule. Seconds accelerate the evolutionary processes in our subconscious. Time is accelerating and this gives rise to selfishness in people. Time accelerates the processes of revealing the truth, and hypocrisy decays like a corpse. Time is a karmic schedule, from the trips of accidents, consisting of a plan of higher powers. Time is a logical chain of inevitability. Time is associated with our subconscious, a list of thought programs that shape character. Time is a way to control the future using embedded logic. 11. Monthly bloody drops of anger, overflow the cup of patience and lead to separation and destruction of marriage. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  5. Iris Murdoch:

    The priesthood is a marriage. People often start by falling in love, and they go on for years without realizing that love must change into some other love which is so unlike it that it can hardly be recognized as love at all.

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