See also relationship;wife
the form of marriage in which brothers have a common wife or wives. —adelphogamic
the state or practice of being married to more than one wife or one husband at a time. —bigamist
, n. —bigamous
the state of being single or unmarried, especially in the case of one bound by vows not to marry. —celibate
, n., adj.
an advocate of celibacy.
the practice of a married woman having an escort or cavalier, called a cicisbeo,
, n. —deuterogamous
a second legal marriage after the termination of a first marriage by death or divorce. Also called deuterogamy. —digamist
, n. —digamous
the custom of marrying only within one’s tribe or similar social unit. —endogamic, endogamous
a song or poem composed and performed in honor of a bride or groom.
the practice of marrying only outside one’s tribe or similar social unit. —exogamic, exogamous
a form of mania characterized by strange and extravagant proposals of marriage.
an excessive longing for the married state.
an abnormal fear of marriage.
the killing of a husband. —mariticidal
the act or state of marriage; married life. —matrimonial
a hatred of marriage. —misogamist
, n. —misogamic
the custom of marriage to only one man at a time. —monandrous
the custom of marriage to one wife or one husband at a time. —monogamous
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.
a person recently married; a newlywed.
the condition of being marriageable, especially in reference to a woman’s age or physical development. —nubile
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
the best man or maid of honor at a wedding.
the practice of having two or more husbands at a time. —polyandrous
the practice or state of being married to more than one person at a time. —polygamous
the practice of having two or more wives at a time. —polygynous, polygynious
a nuptial or wedding song or verse.
the condition of having three spouses, especially in the criminal sense of having them simultaneously. —trigamous