Definition of marriage of convenience in English:

marriage of convenience

noun

  • A marriage that is arranged for practical, financial, or political reasons:

    ‘it was a marriage of convenience, to get the woman into England’
    • ‘This led him into a succession of alliances that were often marriages of convenience, as he tried to make his cooperative movement central to whatever form of society emerged.’
    • ‘So, ironically, real weddings used to be for arranged marriages - marriages of convenience.’
    • ‘Arranging a marriage of convenience with a girl who needs a Green Card, he finds himself caught up in events when his folks decide to attend the wedding.’
    • ‘There was no happy marriage, it was a marriage of convenience and relenting of power.’
    • ‘‘Many others just struck up marriages of convenience,’ he says.’
    • ‘Like all marriages of convenience, I'll give it two years, tops.’
    • ‘Stricter requirements have also been imposed to discourage marriages of convenience.’
    • ‘In this modern day we seem drawn to marriages of convenience, whether it be for a passport or money.’
    • ‘On the whole these are not marriages of convenience or cynical efforts to create cover.’
    • ‘Well, some of these will be temporary marriages that are really marriages of convenience, that probably won't last.’
    • ‘I know I'm not alone in this and came across a number of marriages of convenience (the Green Card scenario) while in the States.’
    • ‘The legislation, which comes into effect this weekend, is aimed at cracking down on marriages of convenience which permit foreigners to stay permanently in Ireland and other EU member states.’
    • ‘Nancy weds Jeremy (for visa reasons) but this marriage of convenience only brings Jeremy deeper frustration.’
    • ‘Sooner or later, friends like this are going to start contracting same-sex marriages of convenience.’
    • ‘And yet, many of today's romance novels deal with marriages of convenience.’
    • ‘Their marriage of convenience could only end in tears.’
    • ‘You know me well enough to understand that I never could have contemplated a marriage of convenience.’
    • ‘In this regard, the couple was not alone - plenty of their peers had undertaken marriages of convenience only to find emotional or physical satisfaction elsewhere.’
    • ‘On the eve of her marriage of convenience to another man, Caroline encounters the man she really loves, along with the woman who, unknown to her, is her fiancé's discarded mistress.’
    • ‘I know there are those amongst you who are in marriages of convenience.’

Pronunciation

marriage of convenience