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