Definition of wedding in English:



  • A marriage ceremony, especially considered as including the associated celebrations.

    • ‘Well, I've got two weddings to go to this May, so I think I'm going to need a new suit!’
    • ‘So, celebrities spend a lot of money on their weddings, perhaps, but does this mean that we have to?’
    • ‘Canada would join Belgium and the Netherlands as the only countries allowing gay and lesbian weddings.’
    • ‘Parish councillors have now agreed to form a group to look at the pros and cons of letting the chapel be used for weddings.’
    • ‘It is consumed almost exclusively by men in the evening or at celebrations such as weddings.’
    • ‘But more than all that, weddings are symbolic of new beginnings and a bright future.’
    • ‘Normal lives are a patchwork of work, leisure, holidays, weddings, and other life events.’
    • ‘We went to a few weddings around that time, and no-one ever mentioned that it might not last.’
    • ‘The number of overseas weddings has increased by 55 per cent in the last five years.’
    • ‘Dance is an essential part of many celebrations such as weddings and coronations.’
    • ‘These outfits are worn only for special occasions such as weddings and festivals.’
    • ‘Smaller weddings are becoming more and more popular with couples who are having much more of a say in how they want the day to go.’
    • ‘We officiate at weddings, we help bury the dead, we counsel families with problems and we visit the sick.’
    • ‘There are two big celebrity weddings looming - and both of them on the same day.’
    • ‘There is even a private room for small parties, conferences or weddings.’
    • ‘Since the contest she has sung at various weddings and continues to get requests to perform.’
    • ‘Even with weddings, friends have told me that loads of people don't reply, and they have to chase them.’
    • ‘The hall is hired out for conferences, weddings and parties, and can hold up to 400 people.’
    • ‘The hotel was very popular for weddings from all over Galway and further afield.’
    • ‘The trend for extravagant weddings is expected to continue in the years to come.’
    marriage, marriage ceremony, wedding ceremony, nuptial ceremony, marriage service, wedding service, marriage rites, wedding rites, matrimony, holy matrimony, nuptials, union
    big day
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Old English weddung (see wed, -ing).