Entry from US English dictionary
A ceremony to mark the spousal union of two people who are not legally allowed to marry, such as gay people.
- We had a commitment ceremony at our church in 2002; we got married in Vancouver, B.C., in 2003; and we were wed in Oregon in 2004 when they were briefly issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
- ‘We've just done a lovely cake for a lesbian couple who are getting married this weekend at a commitment ceremony.’
- Under the current law taxi drivers have to accept passengers, whether they are going to a civil union ceremony, to a marriage ceremony, or even just to a normal commitment ceremony without any legal ties.
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Syllabification: com·mit·ment cer·e·mo·ny
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