- 1The formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife: a happy marriage the children from his first marriage [as modifier]: marriage vowsMore example sentences
- A man who was in a coma for six weeks after a road accident and can't remember his wedding has renewed his marriage vows to his wife who is helping him back to health.
- By other testimony of her witnesses, particularly Jean, the marriage was a happy one.
- So the law quite rightly has a continuing bias in favour of marriages and civil unions.
- 1.2 [mass noun] The state of being married: they were celebrating 50 years of marriageMore example sentences
- But with large numbers of unions still ending in divorce and many couples choosing to cohabit and raise children out of wedlock, has marriage had its day?
- But real equality is reached when marriage is opened for gay people as well.
- In 1985, they were guaranteed legal equality with men within marriage.
- 2A combination or mixture of elements: her music is a marriage of funk, jazz, and hip hopMore example sentences
- The marriage between jazz music and dance has always been a passionate one.
- What does the marriage of these two elements produce?
- A politico-military marriage combines lethal and nonlethal force to convince an enemy to accede to the victor's will.
- As a result of a marriage: the estate passed by marriage to the BurlingtonsMore example sentences
- Olga was 16 in early 1914 when she met Mikhail Chekhov, her first cousin by marriage.
- Remember, it is forbidden to fall out with your family, whether they are blood relations or relatives by marriage, distant relatives or whatever.
- They were distant relatives, uncles and aunts by marriage, cousins-in-law, and more cousins second and third removed.
- As husband or wife: he asked my father for my hand in marriageMore example sentences
- My job was to woo Ebony, the wife of the deceased, to gain her hand in marriage.
- He couldn't imagine giving his daughter in marriage to anyone below his status.
- If I did that that would be as good as accepting him in marriage and I would never marry without love.
Middle English: from Old French mariage, from marier 'marry'.