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marriage Line breaks: mar|riage
Pronunciation: /ˈmarɪdʒ/

Definition of marriage in English:


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
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  • Improving your marriage brings great rewards.
  • Strong marriages or partnerships do not just happen; they require effort.
  • She seems to have painted little after her marriage in 1640.
wedding, wedding ceremony, marriage ceremony, nuptials, union
informal big day
archaic espousal
1.1 [mass noun] The state of being married: they were celebrating 50 years of marriage
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  • 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?
  • People often pose the question in terms of social equality, but marriage is also an institution of economic rights.
  • It's a very American piece, like a sketch show, a revue about love, dating, marriage, children, divorce, death, so we go from being eight to 80 in the show.
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
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  • 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.
union, alliance, fusion, amalgamation, combination, affiliation, association, connection, coupling, merger, unification
informal hook-up


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


by marriage

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

Words that rhyme with marriage

carriage, disparage, Harwich, intermarriage, miscarriage

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