A couple celebrate their marriage.
An example of marriage is the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.
- 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.
- 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.
- For a detailed discussion of marriage as an institution, with its traditions, its norms, and its accompanying legal rights and obligations, please consult the Wikipedia article on marriage.
- On Wiktionary, see also "common-law marriage", "open marriage", and "gay marriage".
marriage - Legal Definition