- The definition of marriage is the religious or legal process through which people become husband and wife, husband and husband or wife and wife, or the state of being married.
An example of marriage is the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.
A couple celebrate their marriage.
- the state of being married; relation between spouses; married life; wedlock; matrimony
- the act of marrying; wedding
- the rite or form used in marrying
- any close or intimate union
- the king and queen of a suit, esp. as a meld in pinochle
Origin of marriageMiddle English mariage ; from Old French ; from marier: see marry
- a. The legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife, and in some jurisdictions, between two persons of the same sex, usually entailing legal obligations of each person to the other.b. A similar union of more than two people; a polygamous marriage.c. A union between persons that is recognized by custom or religious tradition as a marriage.d. A common-law marriage.e. The state or relationship of two adults who are married: Their marriage has been a happy one.
- A wedding: Where is the marriage to take place?
- A close union: “the most successful marriage of beauty and blood in mainstream comics” (Lloyd Rose).
- Games The combination of the king and queen of the same suit, as in pinochle.
Origin of marriageMiddle English mariage, from Old French, from marier, to marry; see marry1.
adelphogamy the form of marriage in which brothers have a common wife or wives. —adelphogamic, adj. bigamy the state or practice of being married to more than one wife or one husband at a time. —bigamist, n. —bigamous, adj. celibacy the state of being single or unmarried, especially in the case of one bound by vows not to marry. —celibate, n., adj. celibatist an advocate of celibacy. cicisbeism the practice of a married woman having an escort or cavalier, called a cicisbeo, in attendance. deuterogamy digamism. —deuterogamist, n. —deuterogamous, adj. digamy a second legal marriage after the termination of a first marriage by death or divorce. Also called deuterogamy. —digamist, n. —digamous, adj. endogamy the custom of marrying only within one’s tribe or similar social unit. —endogamic, endogamous, adj. epithalamium a song or poem composed and performed in honor of a bride or groom. exogamy the practice of marrying only outside one’s tribe or similar social unit. —exogamic, exogamous, adj. gamomania 1. Obsolete, a form of mania characterized by strange and extravagant proposals of marriage. 2. an excessive longing for the married state. gamophobia an abnormal fear of marriage. mariticide the killing of a husband. —mariticidal, adj. matrimony the act or state of marriage; married life. —matrimonial, adj. misogamy a hatred of marriage. —misogamist, n. —misogamic, adj. monandry the custom of marriage to only one man at a time. —monandrous, adj. monogamy the custom of marriage to one wife or one husband at a time. —monogamous, adj. morganatic designating or pertaining to a marriage between a man of high social standing and a woman of lower station in which the marriage contract stipulates that neither she nor their offspring will have claim to his rank or property. neogamist a person recently married; a newlywed. nubility the condition of being marriageable, especially in reference to a woman’s age or physical development. —nubile, adj. pantagamy a form of marriage in which every woman in a community is married to every man and every man is married to every woman. —pantagamic, adj. paranymph the best man or maid of honor at a wedding. polyandry the practice of having two or more husbands at a time. —polyandrous, adj. polygamy the practice or state of being married to more than one person at a time. —polygamous, adj. polygyny the practice of having two or more wives at a time. —polygynous, polygynious, adj. prothalamion, prothalamium a nuptial or wedding song or verse. trigamy the condition of having three spouses, especially in the criminal sense of having them simultaneously. —trigamous, adj.
- The state of being married. [from 14th c. ]
- You should enter marriage for love.
- A union of two or more people that creates a family tie and carries legal and/or social rights and responsibilities. [from 14th c. ]
- A wedding; a ceremony in which people wed. [from 14th c. ]
- You are cordially invited to the marriage of James Smith and Jane Doe.
- (figuratively) A close union. [from 15th c. ]
- A joining of two parts.
- (card games) A king and a queen, when held as a hand in Texas hold 'em or melded in pinochle.
- (card games) In solitaire or patience games, the placing a card of the same suit on the next one above or below it in value.
marriage - Legal Definition
The legal relation of a man and woman as husband and wife.common-law marriage
Marital relationship arising not from formal ceremony but from intention to hold out as a married couple, combined with living together for a requisite period of years that may be specified by statute; abolished in many states.