Definition of matrimony in English:

matrimony

noun

  • [mass noun] The state of being married; marriage.

    ‘the joys of matrimony’
    • ‘A simple church service that will unite us in matrimony for the rest of our mortal days is all we need.’
    • ‘Well-born but impecunious younger brothers kidnap heiresses and roguishly attempt to persuade them into matrimony.’
    • ‘The only time that Melville allows the three husbands something for themselves is the opening of the second act, when they discuss the prospects of matrimony with her.’
    • ‘It would seem that, for those who wish to enter into matrimony, now is the time to do it.’
    • ‘Consequently, all Jews are intended to experience both the joy and hardship of matrimony, including rabbis.’
    • ‘They married in Edinburgh in August 1811, though Shelley disapproved of matrimony, as well as royalty, meat-eating, and religion.’
    • ‘However they might differ on other issues, all the reformers vigorously defended the honourable estate of matrimony.’
    • ‘The notion of legal matrimony as a blessed union of souls is as misconstrued as it is unnecessary.’
    • ‘The daughter's steadfast refusal to enter into a state of matrimony is in large part due to having a secret lover of her own.’
    • ‘But her sister's marriage had scarcely been a success and though Mary, queen of Scots, can hardly be accused of being against matrimony, the results were not encouraging.’
    • ‘The most striking deviation from this pattern was shown by England, for there the age of marriage for women fell continuously and a growing proportion of the population engaged in matrimony.’
    • ‘Long term players on the merry-go-round of matrimony, they have come through 20 years of being together to be contenders for the perfect couple.’
    • ‘This sport does not result in actual matrimony - just a kiss.’
    • ‘For better or worse, not everyone is quite so calculating in their approach to matrimony.’
    • ‘Survive a holiday together and you can take everything that's thrown at you in matrimony.’
    • ‘A good day was had by all, and matrimony was the winner on the day.’
    • ‘I was utterly sick of matrimony and almost of human company.’
    • ‘She said she did not think the impending war had changed soldiers' minds about entering the state of matrimony.’
    • ‘Their marriage will face tests and have them both wondering if matrimony was the best answer for them.’
    • ‘Cynicism about matrimony has always come easily to me.’
    marriage, wedlock, union
    bridal vows, nuptials
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin matrimonium, based on mater, matr- mother.

Pronunciation:

matrimony

/ˈmatrɪməni/