Definition of married in US English:



  • 1(of two people) united in marriage.

    ‘a married couple’
    • ‘There was a couple who were celebrating their diamond anniversary and a couple who had been married just two years.’
    • ‘However, this does not mean that there is a principle of complete equality between married and unmarried couples.’
    • ‘They were a middle-aged married American couple, Benjamin and Mary.’
    • ‘We wouldn't have been talking like this about an opposite-sex couple, married or unmarried.’
    • ‘Studies of couple interventions have emphasized married couples as the research participants and intended consumers.’
    • ‘To qualify for the study, couples needed to be currently married and abiding in the same household.’
    • ‘The bill makes Vermont the first state in the union to give gay and lesbian couples the same rights as married couples.’
    • ‘Here, Chris meets a married York couple who celebrate the second anniversary of their engagement today.’
    • ‘There is an irony in comparing how the law is moving in relation to married and unmarried couples on this issue.’
    • ‘And in a deposition, she said she would not perform the procedure on a legally married gay couple.’
    • ‘In truth, the traditional definition of the family is a married, heterosexual couple with 1.5 kids.’
    • ‘For married couples the annual income tax-free threshold is €31,000.’
    • ‘For example, same-sex couples are entitled to individual benefits, unlike married heterosexual couples.’
    • ‘This would serve to reduce your overall tax bill as a couple, and only applies to married couples - not live in partners.’
    • ‘The couple have been married three years and have seven children between them.’
    • ‘Most households consist of a married or unmarried couple and their children.’
    • ‘Neighbours of Robin and Anna today said the couple have been married nine years.’
    • ‘She talked about George and Mary, a couple who had been married twenty three years.’
    • ‘The couple has been married two years, and their biggest challenge is staying on track while anticipating major life changes.’
    • ‘The number of married - couple families may have declined in Britain but they still make up 70 per cent of all families, says a new report.’
    wedded, wed, joined in marriage, united in wedlock
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    1. 1.1 (of one person) having a husband or wife.
      ‘a happily married man’
      • ‘So long as your husband has a full contributions record you can claim the married women's pension when he retires.’
      • ‘The fundamental issue in question here is whether the state ought to give preferential treatment to married people.’
      • ‘These then become extended families around a grandmother, her husband, and her married daughters and their husbands.’
      • ‘Adjacent tents will house married sons and their wives and children.’
      • ‘More than three in five of married people said they preferred to go on a UK trip with their partner as opposed to their friends.’
      • ‘A married woman can claim a reduced basic pension on her husband's contributions if she is aged at least 60 and he has claimed his own pension.’
      • ‘Somewhere in their conversation she got around to mentioning her husband and her married daughter.’
      • ‘Originally, the spousal privilege reflected the view that a married woman was not an entirely separate person from her husband.’
      • ‘He began to imagine himself a married man with a faithful wife at his side.’
      • ‘Is it merely a matter of impulse control, the same as a married person resisting the daily barrage of sexual imagery in everyday life?’
      • ‘He's having an affair with a married woman behind the back of her violent and abusive husband.’
      • ‘The objector said spouse is a term widely recognized in Georgia as applying only to one's legally married husband or wife.’
      • ‘He lives behind his wife and a married daughter.’
      • ‘The wives of married troops were also commonly involved with other soldiers, civilians or slave labourers.’
      • ‘He fled to Britain in 1999, when he faced a death sentence in his homeland following an affair with a married woman, even though she had separated from her husband.’
      • ‘My friend is in a relationship with a married man… the wife already knows but it's causing a lot of pain.’
      • ‘He was used to female eyes, a long-ago married man with a wife and teen-age daughter.’
      • ‘Ideally a dwelling would have parents, children, wives of married sons, and grandchildren.’
      • ‘The more conventional alternative for a married man is getting his wife some jewelry.’
      • ‘For adults, we allocated socioeconomic groups according to the longest held job of single women and the job of a married woman's husband.’
      wedded, wed, joined in marriage, united in wedlock
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    2. 1.2 Relating to marriage.
      ‘married life’
      • ‘Married to his wife Joan for 36 years he has lived in Slade Green all his married life and has two grown-up sons.’
      • ‘Eventually they cohabited and married but things were never that simple for the prickly couple who were both too independent to settle easily into married life.’
      • ‘And while everyone around wished the couple a happy married life, one of the guests decided to be a little cheeky.’
      • ‘The media will be waiting to see how the couple interact in their married life.’
      • ‘During their 60 years of married life the couple have seen big changes in the Irish way of life.’
      • ‘The couple seemed destined for married bliss when they wed 32 years but then Janet's mother, Marjorie, moved in.’
      marital, matrimonial, connubial, conjugal, nuptial, spousal
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    3. 1.3 Closely combined or linked.
      ‘in the seventeenth century science was still married to religion’
      • ‘It must be said however, that materialism as a philosophy is largely developing through science, while idealism is sort of married to religion.’
      • ‘For them forestry is married to food production; it is essential for providing stable, perennial supplies of water for drinking and for irrigation.’
      • ‘The problem is that the religion that is married to science today will be a widow tomorrow because scientific methods and theories come and go.’
      • ‘But his passion for science is only fully manifested when it is married to religion.’
      • ‘In previous instances when hi-tech visuals have been so closely married to music, it's usually been of the electronica type.’

plural noun

  • A married person.

    ‘we were young marrieds during World War Two’
    • ‘But what of all those thankless marrieds doing their best to uphold this flailing institution, especially those for whom the term ‘happily married’ does not entirely apply?’
    • ‘We faced a 200 mile drive to South Devon for what would be a glorious, sunsoaked honeymoon, doing the tedious lovey-dovey things that young marrieds like us do.’
    • ‘Things haven't been so quick to change: young marrieds no longer live in the same flat as their parents, but they are unlikely to live very far away.’
    • ‘Pop wasn't aimed at people under 20; it was aimed at young marrieds.’
    • ‘And beware of smug marrieds who make you feel bad and fearful if you're single and in your thirties.’
    • ‘This is our first V Day as marrieds, so we both think it is a good thing to do something special.’
    • ‘When they are not doing that, they are comparing notes on marrieds and experiences of child-rearing.’
    • ‘Louise and David are young marrieds who, after losing their first child, are afraid to commit to their new baby.’
    • ‘You can bet money that the unmarrieds are going to push for changes in taxes and benefits that currently give the marrieds all sorts of advantages.’
    • ‘All those smug marrieds didn't have breakthroughs in therapy or suddenly change their patterns: They just went to the right party, or agreed to that one final blind date.’
    • ‘‘This segment is largely budget-minded young marrieds who have a need to buy art to fill empty walls in new homes,’ he said.’
    • ‘We get people who are hard up - young marrieds who start when the first baby's on the way.’
    • ‘It would be churlish, of course, to point out that the school is closed and young marrieds will never be able to live in the village, so we may never hear children playing in the dale again.’
    • ‘Enjoy life, be happy and let us old marrieds be happy too!’
    • ‘Conversely, marrieds with children should respect the single's right to a lie-in and the occasional splash-free lady swim.’
    • ‘I'd ring on Saturday morning, when many young marrieds are out watching their children play soccer, cricket or basketball, and most young singles are hungover and off the hook.’
    • ‘In America, the debate over the relative prominence of unmarrieds and marrieds is likely to grow more complex and caustic as the tipping point nears.’
    • ‘Young marrieds seem to think it's all powerful, that it will support them through unsure times and terrible crises.’
    • ‘Like Bridget, I tend not to want the relationships that the smug marrieds are in and I like to assume that my smug married friends are miserable.’
    • ‘But they are more compatible than most young marrieds.’