A short-lived first marriage between young adults, viewed as a form of preparation for a subsequent, more lasting one with different partners.
- There are far worse things than having a failed starter marriage.
- Witness the rising concept of starter marriage, a short-lived union to be quickly outgrown.
- The furore over her recent "starter marriage" was a crass example of being famous for nothing—other than her parentage.
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Syllabification: start·er mar·riage
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