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starter marriage

Syllabification: start·er mar·riage

Definition of starter marriage in English:

noun

informal
A short-lived first marriage between young adults, viewed as a form of preparation for a subsequent, more lasting one with different partners.
Example sentences
  • What exactly does married sexuality mean in a society of individual longevity, divorce, and "starter marriages"?
  • I stumbled on a great new phrase to describe the fate of more than a few young married couples in these troubled times—"starter marriages."
  • In her first book, Paul studies the phenomenon of "starter marriages" (unions that last five years or less and end without children).

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