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’
    • ‘My name is Steve, and I will be performing your marriage ceremony today.’
    • ‘Until 1982, all marriages occurred in churches, but civil marriages have been legal since that time.’
    • ‘Strong marriages or partnerships do not just happen; they require effort.’
    • ‘At the time of marriage, the wife was 27 years of age and was a corporate bond trader.’
    • ‘At the same time, the bride's family had little control over the dowry after marriage; a husband could use his wife's money as he wished.’
    • ‘Improving your marriage brings great rewards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He claims to have separated 11 months after the marriage due to the wife's infidelities.’
    • ‘When they returned a few hours later, Jeff showed Charlie the marriage license.’
    • ‘In an effort to annul an arranged marriage, Apu tells his mother he wed Marge.’
    • ‘His common-law marriage broke up in 2000 when his wife picked up an old cocaine habit.’
    • ‘She seems to have painted little after her marriage in 1640.’
    • ‘Only men attend the actual marriage vows, which take place in a mosque.’
    • ‘Serious ill-health and in 1951 the break-up of his marriage increased his problems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The couple's marriage was annulled nine days later.’
    • ‘It was indeed mentally invigorating to enter into a debate on arranged marriages versus love marriages.’
    • ‘Many of these unions grew into happy and successful marriages.’
    • ‘I'd been the one he told when his parents' marriage was breaking up.’
    • ‘He only discovered her duplicity when he found a marriage certificate in her handbag.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Community property is generally the property a husband and wife accumulate during marriage.’
    • ‘George often wondered why his parents' marriage was lasting as long as it had.’
    • ‘And it's easy to sympathise with that, after years of supposedly happy marriage suddenly collapsing around her.’
    • ‘My wife's daughter from her previous marriage is coming to stay with us for a few days.’
    • ‘Religious marriages were celebrated, but the state recognized only civil marriages performed by civil officials.’
    • ‘When son Billy was three, his parents' marriage broke down and his father left.’
    • ‘She had been refused free NHS treatment because her husband has children from a previous marriage.’
    • ‘He then discusses marriage vows, the history of divorce, and modern reinterpretations.’
    • ‘"My second marriage had ended, and I was having a breakdown, " she says.’
    • ‘While Bernadette and Patrick did exchange wedding vows, their marriage is not legally binding.’
    • ‘Each year after that historic ruling, the percentage of Americans who opposed interracial marriage steadily dropped.’
    • ‘He is married now, has been 10 years in common law marriage and has given birth to two children in that union.’
    • ‘For federal purposes like taxes, the law declares that marriage exclusively means the union of one man and one woman.’
    • ‘Nothing tied him down - no restrictions, no regulations, no marriage vows.’
    • ‘Although there are innumerable legislative changes, the terms husband, wife and marriage will be retained in all existing law.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have about 12 weddings a year and last year we did a marriage vows renewal service which went very well.’
    • ‘There is only one type of marriage recognized in law, and that is one of indefinite duration.’
    • ‘She refused several of his marriage proposals, but she finally relented and they got married in 1962.’
    wedding, wedding ceremony, marriage ceremony, nuptials, union
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    1. 1.1 The state of being married.
      ‘they were celebrating 50 years of marriage’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘People often pose the question in terms of social equality, but marriage is also an institution of economic rights.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But then, I thought that's what marriage was about.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A former British soldier and his German bride, who overcame prejudice in post-war Germany, were today celebrating 50 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 two or more elements.

    ‘a marriage of jazz, pop, blues, and gospel’
    • ‘A politico-military marriage combines lethal and nonlethal force to convince an enemy to accede to the victor's will.’
    • ‘What does the marriage of these two elements produce?’
    • ‘The marriage between jazz music and dance has always been a passionate one.’
    • ‘His unique marriage of African music and Christian gospel has prompted legendary artists, like Paul Simon, to record with the group.’
    • ‘Well, our music has always been a marriage of techno, house and trance elements - dark and deep.’
    union, alliance, fusion, amalgamation, combination, affiliation, association, connection, coupling, merger, unification
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    1. 2.1 (in pinochle and other card games) a combination of a king and queen of the same suit.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A-T-K-K-Q-Q-J of trumps would score 190 for a run plus a marriage in trumps.’

Phrases

  • by marriage

    • As a result of a marriage.

      ‘a distant cousin by marriage’
      • ‘The sense of family identity extended to grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and relatives by marriage.’
      • ‘They were distant relatives, uncles and aunts by marriage, cousins-in-law, and more cousins second and third removed.’
      • ‘She was some sort of cousin by marriage to Antonia's mother and the pair would sometimes engage in conversation.’
      • ‘The two men, who are related by marriage, were seriously wounded.’
      • ‘Rather than make recommendations it invites further discussion by citing a number of options, one of which is to remove all restrictions based on relationships by marriage.’
      • ‘That commitment is then reinforced by the web of familial and other relations, created by marriage, that they have around them.’
      • ‘Remember, it is forbidden to fall out with your family, whether they are blood relations or relatives by marriage, distant relatives or whatever.’
      • ‘Olga was 16 in early 1914 when she met Mikhail Chekhov, her first cousin by marriage.’
      • ‘The terms of the order prevent him downloading or viewing images of children under the age of 16 unless they are blood relatives, relatives by marriage or godchildren.’
      • ‘The definition does not include your cousins or any relations by marriage.’
  • in marriage

    • As husband or wife.

      ‘he asked my father for my hand in marriage’
      • ‘James IV of Scotland welcomed him and gave him his cousin in marriage.’
      • ‘I am sorry for the silent treatment, but I was under the impression you were a duke that was coming to ask for my sister's hand in marriage.’
      • ‘Nearly seventy years ago, during a visit to the falls, he asked Jenny for her hand in marriage.’
      • ‘Her father offers him her hand in marriage, and she sits uncomfortably as they joke about this.’
      • ‘If I did that that would be as good as accepting him in marriage and I would never marry without love.’
      • ‘He couldn't imagine giving his daughter in marriage to anyone below his status.’
      • ‘She takes him home and he asks her father for her hand in marriage.’
      • ‘My job was to woo Ebony, the wife of the deceased, to gain her hand in marriage.’
      • ‘If the woodcutter finds the key and opens the door, he will win the hand of the king's daughter in marriage and all his riches.’
      • ‘In two days time he would be back in Ireland and offer his hand in marriage to that beautiful young girl.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

marriage

/ˈmerij//ˈmɛrɪdʒ/