Definition of marriage in English:

marriage

noun

  • 1The legally or formally recognized union of two people as partners in a personal relationship (historically and in some jurisdictions specifically a union between a man and a woman):

    ‘a happy marriage’
    ‘the children from his first marriage’
    [as modifier] ‘marriage vows’
    • ‘While Bernadette and Patrick did exchange wedding vows, their marriage is not legally binding.’
    • ‘She seems to have painted little after her marriage in 1640.’
    • ‘My name is Steve, and I will be performing your marriage ceremony today.’
    • ‘Nothing tied him down - no restrictions, no regulations, no marriage vows.’
    • ‘My wife's daughter from her previous marriage is coming to stay with us for a few days.’
    • ‘By working less and staying at home more, I believed naively that my husband would come home to domestic bliss and a happy marriage would ensue.’
    • ‘Serious ill-health and in 1951 the break-up of his marriage increased his problems.’
    • ‘We have about 12 weddings a year and last year we did a marriage vows renewal service which went very well.’
    • ‘She had been refused free NHS treatment because her husband has children from a previous marriage.’
    • ‘Strong marriages or partnerships do not just happen; they require effort.’
    • ‘When they returned a few hours later, Jeff showed Charlie the marriage license.’
    • ‘He claims to have separated 11 months after the marriage due to the wife's infidelities.’
    • ‘Improving your marriage brings great rewards.’
    • ‘A man who was in a coma for six weeks after a road accident and can't remember his wedding has renewed his marriage vows to his wife who is helping him back to health.’
    • ‘He only discovered her duplicity when he found a marriage certificate in her handbag.’
    • ‘The husband submits that the marriage was not a traditional one wherein the wife sacrificed her career in order to stay at home to care for children.’
    • ‘She refused several of his marriage proposals, but she finally relented and they got married in 1962.’
    • ‘It was indeed mentally invigorating to enter into a debate on arranged marriages versus love marriages.’
    • ‘It is anyway a false distinction to divide marriages into the happy and the unhappy, and to say that when they are happy, ownership is unimportant.’
    • ‘Many of these unions grew into happy and successful marriages.’
    wedding, wedding ceremony, marriage ceremony, nuptials, union
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    1. 1.1[mass noun] The state of being married:
      ‘they were celebrating 50 years of marriage’
      • ‘It's a very American piece, like a sketch show, a revue about love, dating, marriage, children, divorce, death, so we go from being eight to 80 in the show.’
      • ‘But asserting that loss of individuality within marriage is still primarily a female problem is a point that seems much harder to argue in a world where roles are shifting all the time.’
      • ‘But with large numbers of unions still ending in divorce and many couples choosing to cohabit and raise children out of wedlock, has marriage had its day?’
      • ‘A York family marks 75 years of marriage today - as parents and daughter celebrate their golden and silver weddings respectively.’
      • ‘Was it conservative to insist that she would not allow marriage and family to stand in the way of her legal studies or, once called to the Bar, her career as a lawyer?’
      • ‘People often pose the question in terms of social equality, but marriage is also an institution of economic rights.’
      • ‘But then, I thought that's what marriage was about.’
      • ‘A former British soldier and his German bride, who overcame prejudice in post-war Germany, were today celebrating 50 years of marriage.’
      • ‘With National Marriage Week starting today and Valentine's Day looming we spoke to two very different couples and one divorcee about their experiences of marriage.’
      • ‘Their research showed that marriage brings such life-enhancing benefits as lower blood pressure, improved diet and enhanced mental well-being.’
      • ‘A couple's wartime romance led to 60 years of marriage.’
      • ‘They were both factory hands when they married at the age of 19 and 22 and spent their first year of marriage in Calne, before moving to Melksham in 1933.’
      matrimony, holy matrimony, wedlock, married state, conjugal bond, civil partnership
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  • 2A combination or mixture of elements:

    ‘her music is a marriage of funk, jazz, and hip-hop’
    • ‘What does the marriage of these two elements produce?’
    • ‘The marriage between jazz music and dance has always been a passionate one.’
    • ‘A politico-military marriage combines lethal and nonlethal force to convince an enemy to accede to the victor's will.’
    • ‘Well, our music has always been a marriage of techno, house and trance elements - dark and deep.’
    • ‘His unique marriage of African music and Christian gospel has prompted legendary artists, like Paul Simon, to record with the group.’
    union, alliance, fusion, amalgamation, combination, affiliation, association, connection, coupling, merger, unification
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    1. 2.1 (in bezique and other card games) a combination of a king and queen of the same suit.
      • ‘A-T-K-K-Q-Q-J of trumps would score 190 for a run plus a marriage in trumps.’
      • ‘The rule requiring the bidder to have at least a marriage in the trump suit is not always followed.’
      • ‘After taking a trick a player can announce a marriage (the K and Q of the same suit) for 5 extra points for the team.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French mariage, from marier marry.

Pronunciation

marriage

/ˈmarɪdʒ/