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marriage US English

The 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

marriage US Thesaurus

a proposal of marriage

by marriage US English

As a result of a marriage

in marriage US English

As husband or wife

free marriage US English

= frank-marriage.

gay marriage US English

Marriage between partners of the same sex (as recognized in some jurisdictions)

Marriage Act US English

Any act of legislature regulating marriages.

marriage bed US English

The bed shared by a married couple (especially with reference to their sexual relationship)

marriage bowl US English

A bowl made to celebrate or commemorate a marriage.

marriage rate US English

The ratio of marriages to the population of a particular area or during a particular period of time, usually calculated as the number of marriages per one thousand people per year

marriage ring US English

A wedding ring.

marriage song US English

= epithalamium.

marriage vow US English

One of a set of solemn promises made by two people when they get married

open marriage US English

A marriage or relationship in which both partners agree that each may have sexual relations with others

civil marriage US English

A marriage solemnized as a civil contract without religious ceremony

class marriage US English

The strict system of exogamy practised by Australian Aborigines, in which a member of one class may only marry into certain other classes.

equal marriage US English

The situation in which same-sex couples have the same legal right to marry as opposite-sex couples

group marriage US English

A system or situation in which each of the men in a small community is regarded as married to each of the women; also called communal marriage.

marriage broker US English

(In a culture where arranged marriages are customary) a person who arranges marriages for a fee

marriage bureau US English

An establishment which arranges introductions between people who want to get married

marriage dress US English

A dress worn by a bride for her wedding; = wedding-dress.

marriage finger US English

The third finger of the left hand, on which the wedding ring is traditionally worn.

marriage lines US English

A marriage certificate

marriage money US English

Money given to a bride as a dowry.

marriage noose US English

The state or bond of matrimony, regarded as a trap or snare.

marriage supper US English

A supper served to celebrate a wedding; frequently in extended use (specifically in marriage supper of the Lamb) with reference to the mystical bond between Christ and the Church (regarded as the ‘Bride of Christ’).

marriage value US English

The additional value arising when two or more sets of assets are perceived to be worth more when combined than the sum of their separate values.

mixed marriage US English

A marriage between people of different races or religions

plural marriage US English

Marriage to more than one spouse; polygamy.

Scotch marriage US English

A marriage, formerly valid according to Scots law, effected solely by a mutual declaration of consent before two witnesses; this form of marriage.

serial marriage US English

(Each of) a series of successive (typically short-lived) marriages; the action of marrying repeatedly.

arranged marriage US English

A marriage planned and agreed to by the families or guardians of the bride and groom, who have little or no say in the matter themselves

covenant marriage US English

A marriage based on one of several types of voluntary pre-nuptial contract (differing from state to state, and only available in some), which typically has provisions making divorce difficult, and often requires pre-marital counselling.

lesbian marriage US English

A relationship or bond between two female partners which is likened to that between a married couple; (in later use chiefly) a formal or symbolic marriage bond or ceremony contracted between two women, sometimes one conferring legal rights.

marriage agreement US English

(Arrival at) a prenuptial agreement made in respect of money, property, children, etc.; sometimes = marriage settlement.

marriage articles US English

A legal agreement drawn up before a marriage by the two parties, setting out terms with respect to rights of property and succession.

marriage brokage US English

= marriage brokerage.

marriage brokerage US English

A fee charged for arranging a marriage or marriage contract (illegal under British law).

marriage ceremony US English

A ceremony during which two people are married

marriage contract US English

A formal agreement between two people to enter into a marriage

marriage encounter US English

(A session of) encounter therapy aimed at improving a marital relationship.

marriage equality US English

The situation in which same-sex couples have the same legal right to marry as opposite-sex couples

marriage guidance US English

(In the UK) counselling of married couples who have problems in their relationship

marriage license US English

A license that a couple must obtain before getting married

marriage payment US English

A payment of money or goods made to a bride or her parents by the bridegroom or his parents.

marriage proposal US English

An offer of marriage

marriage service US English

The ceremony of marriage; the form of words prescribed for the religious ceremony of marriage.

propose marriage US English

Make an offer of marriage to someone

putative marriage US English

A marriage which though legally invalid was contracted in good faith by at least one of the parties.

same-sex marriage US English

Marriage between partners of the same sex (as recognized in some jurisdictions)

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