Definition of marriage in English:

marriage

Line breaks: mar|riage
Pronunciation: /ˈmarɪdʒ
 
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noun

1The legally or formally recognized union of a man and a woman (or, in some jurisdictions, two people of the same sex) as partners in a relationship: a happy marriage the children from his first marriage [as modifier]: marriage vows
More 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.
Synonyms
wedding, wedding ceremony, marriage ceremony, nuptials, union
archaic espousal
1.1 [mass noun] The state of being married: they were celebrating 50 years of marriage
More 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.
Synonyms
matrimony, holy matrimony, wedlock, married state, conjugal bond, civil partnership
2A combination or mixture of elements: her music is a marriage of funk, jazz, and hip hop
More 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.
Synonyms
union, alliance, fusion, amalgamation, combination, affiliation, association, connection, coupling, merger, unification
informal hook-up

Origin

Middle English: from Old French mariage, from marier 'marry'.

Phrases

by marriage

As a result of a marriage: the estate passed by marriage to the Burlingtons
More 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.

in marriage

As husband or wife: he asked my father for my hand in marriage
More 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.

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