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1 : A certain tenure in tail special; an estate of inheritance given to a man his wife (the wife being of the blood of the donor), and descendible to the heirs of their two bodies begotten.

2 : Connection by marriage; reciprocal marriage; giving and taking in marriage, as between two families, tribes, castes, or nations.

3 : Any intimate or close union.

4 : A feast made on the occasion of a marriage.

5 : The marriage vow or contract.

6 : The act of marrying, or the state of being married; legal union of a man and a woman for life, as husband and wife; wedlock; matrimony.

7 : The quality or state of being marriageable.

8 : Fit for, or capable of, marriage; of an age at which marriage is allowable.

9 : A second or repeated marriage.

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1 : Frank-marriage


A certain tenure in tail special; an estate of inheritance given to a man his wife (the wife being of the blood of the donor), and descendible to the heirs of their two bodies begotten.

2 : Intermarriage


Connection by marriage; reciprocal marriage; giving and taking in marriage, as between two families, tribes, castes, or nations.

3 : Marriage

v. t.

Any intimate or close union.

4 : Marriage

v. t.

A feast made on the occasion of a marriage.

5 : Marriage

v. t.

The marriage vow or contract.

6 : Marriage

v. t.

The act of marrying, or the state of being married; legal union of a man and a woman for life, as husband and wife; wedlock; matrimony.

7 : Marriageability


The quality or state of being marriageable.

8 : Marriageable


Fit for, or capable of, marriage; of an age at which marriage is allowable.

9 : Remarriage


A second or repeated marriage.

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This word marriage uses 6 unique characters: A E G I M R

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From Wikipedia

A pair of wedding rings
Swedish royal wedding clothes from 1766 at Livrustkammaren in Stockholm

Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognised union between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between those spouses, as well as between them and any resulting biological or adopted children and affinity (in-laws and other family through marriage).[1] The definition of marriage varies not only between cultures or religions, but also within them throughout their histories, evolving to both expand or contract in what is encompassed, but typically it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged or sanctioned. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity. When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal.

Nepali wedding

Individuals may marry for several reasons, including legal, social, libidinal, emotional, financial, spiritual, and religious purposes. Whom they marry may be influenced by socially determined rules of incest, prescriptive marriage rules, parental choice and individual desire. In some areas of the world, arranged marriage, child marriage, polygamy, and sometimes forced marriage, may be practiced as a cultural tradition. Conversely, such practices may be outlawed and penalized in parts of the world out of concerns of the infringement of women's rights, or the infringement of children's rights (both female and male children), and because of international law.[2] In developed parts of the world, there has been a general trend towards ensuring equal rights within marriage for women and legally recognizing the marriages of interfaith, interracial, and same-sex couples. These trends coincide with the broader human rights movement.

Marriage can be recognized by a state, an organization, a religious authority, a tribal group, a local community, or peers. It is often viewed as a contract. Civil marriage, which does not exist in some countries, is marriage without religious content carried out by a government institution in accordance with the marriage laws of the jurisdiction, and recognised as creating the rights and obligations intrinsic to matrimony. Marriages can be performed in a secular civil ceremony or in a religious setting via a wedding ceremony. The act of marriage usually creates normative or legal obligations between the individuals involved, and any offspring they may produce or adopt. In terms of legal recognition, most sovereign states and other jurisdictions limit marriage to opposite-sex couples and a diminishing number of these permit polygyny, child marriages, and forced marriages. Over the twentieth century, a growing number of countries and other jurisdictions have lifted bans on and have established legal recognition for interracial marriage, interfaith marriage, and most recently, gender-neutral marriage.[3] Some cultures allow the dissolution of marriage through divorce or annulment. In some areas, child marriages and polygamy may occur in spite of national laws against the practice.

Since the late twentieth century, major social changes in Western countries have led to changes in the demographics of marriage, with the age of first marriage increasing, fewer people marrying, and more couples choosing to cohabit rather than marry. For example, the number of marriages in Europe decreased by 30% from 1975 to 2005.[4]

Historically, in most cultures, married women had very few rights of their own, being considered, along with the family's children, the property of the husband; as such, they could not own or inherit property, or represent themselves legally (see for example coverture). In Europe, the United States, and other places in the developed world, beginning in the late 19th century and lasting through the 21st century, marriage has undergone gradual legal changes, aimed at improving the rights of the wife. These changes included giving wives legal identities of their own, abolishing the right of husbands to physically discipline their wives, giving wives property rights, liberalizing divorce laws, providing wives with reproductive rights of their own, and requiring a wife's consent when sexual relations occur. These changes have occurred primarily in Western countries. In the 21st century, there continue to be controversies regarding the legal status of married women, legal acceptance of or leniency towards violence within marriage (especially sexual violence), traditional marriage customs such as dowry and bride price, forced marriage, marriageable age, and criminalization of consensual behaviors such as premarital and extramarital sex.

  1. ^ Haviland, William A.; Prins, Harald E. L.; McBride, Bunny; Walrath, Dana (2011). Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge (13th ed.). Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-0-495-81178-7.  "A nonethnocentric definition of marriage is a culturally sanctioned union between two or more people that establishes certain rights and obligations between the people, between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws."
  2. ^ Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2008, Vol. 1, p. 1353, US Department of State.
  3. ^ Map: In Legalizing Gay Marriage, England Joins Growing International Community | The Lowdown Archived 27 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine.. (15 July 2013). Retrieved on 5 September 2013.
  4. ^ Vucheva, Elitsa. (30 July 2013) / Social Affairs / Europeans marry older, less often. Retrieved on 5 September 2013.

From Wiktionary


  • 1 English
    • 1.1 Etymology
    • 1.2 Pronunciation
    • 1.3 Noun
      • 1.3.1 Usage notes
      • 1.3.2 Synonyms
      • 1.3.3 Hyponyms
      • 1.3.4 Antonyms
      • 1.3.5 Derived terms
      • 1.3.6 Related terms
      • 1.3.7 Translations
    • 1.4 See also
    • 1.5 References
    • 1.6 Statistics
    • 1.7 Anagrams


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From Middle English, from Old French mariage,[1] from marier (to marry),[2][3] from Latin marito (to marry, literally give in marriage), from maritus (lover”, “nuptial), from mas (male, masculine, of the male sex).[4] Equivalent to marry +‎ -age.[3]


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈmæɹɪdʒ/
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  • Rhymes: -æɹɪdʒ


marriage (countable and uncountable, plural marriages)

  1. The state of being married. [from 14th c.[5]]
    You should enter marriage for love.
  2. A union of two or more people that creates a family tie and carries legal, social, and/or religious rights and responsibilities. [from 14th c.[5]]
    • 1944, Tiaki Hikawera Mitira, Takitimu, page 123:
      By his marriage to his two wives, Tapuwae quietly strengthened all of the pas of the Wairoa district, as many of them came under his control through these unions.
    • 1990, John Stevens, Lust for enlightenment: Buddhism and sex:
      One layman in Buddha's time decided to embrace celibacy and relinquished his marriage vows to his four wives. When he asked them what they wanted in terms of a settlement, one said, []
    • 1995, Edith Deen, All of the women of the Bible, page 275:
      The account of the loss of the blessing of his father Isaac appears immediately after Esau's marriage to his Hittite wives.
    • 2009, Charles Zastrow, Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Empowering People ISBN 0495809527, page 30:
      In an open marriage, the partners are free to have extramarital relationships or sex without betraying one another. Such a marriage is based on communication, trust, and respect, []
    1. (often specifically) The union of only two people, to the exclusion of all others.
      • 1936, Dale Carnegie, “Part 1, Chapter 2. THE BIG SECRET OF DEALING WITH PEOPLE”, in How to Win Friends and Influence People[1], page 42:
        "I have a patient right now whose marriage proved to be a tragedy. She wanted love, sexual gratification, children, and social prestige; but life blasted all her hopes. Her husband didn't love her. He refused even to eat with her, and forced her to serve his meals in his room upstairs. She had no children, no social standing. She went insane; and, in her imagination, she divorced her husband and resumed her maiden name. She now believes she has married into the English aristocracy, and she insists on being called Lady Smith.
      My grandparents' marriage lasted for forty years.
      Pat and Leslie's marriage to each other lasted forty years.
    2. (sometimes specifically) The union of two people of opposite sex, to the exclusion of all others.
  3. A wedding; a ceremony in which people wed. [from 14th c.[5]]
    You are cordially invited to the marriage of James Smith and Jane Doe.
  4. (figuratively) A close union. [from 15th c.[5]]
    • 2000, Edmund E. Jacobitti, The Classical Heritage in Machiavelli's Histories, in The comedy and tragedy of Machiavelli: essays on the literary works (edited by Vickie B. Sullivan), page 181:
      And this marriage of poetry and history remained a solid relationship throughout the classical period.
    • 2003, Paul Mattick, Art in its time: theories and practices of modern aesthetics, page 105:
      Above all, we will no longer have to feel qualms about the marriage of art and money. We will no longer have to wonder if it is possible to separate the esthetic value of an art work from its commercial value.
    • 2006 August 9, Amy Scattergood, A wild dream in the wild, published in the Los Angeles Times, republished in 2009 in The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook: A Year in the Life of a Restaurant (by Michelle and Phillip Wojtowicz and Michael Gilson with Catherine Price), on the cover:
      But the food is real: a marriage of local ingredients and serious technique.
  5. A joining of two parts.
  6. (card games) A king and a queen, when held as a hand in Texas hold 'em or melded in pinochle.
  7. (card games) In solitaire or patience games, the placing a card of the same suit on the next one above or below it in value.

Usage notes[edit]

  • For a detailed discussion of marriage as an institution, with its traditions, its norms, and its accompanying legal rights and obligations, please consult the Wikipedia article on marriage.
  • On Wiktionary, see also "common-law marriage", "open marriage", and "gay marriage".


  • matrimony
  • wedding
  • civil union


  • wedlease


  • divorce

Derived terms[edit]

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Related terms[edit]

  • marry


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See also[edit]

  • adelphogamy
  • bigamy
  • cohabitation
  • divorce
  • matrimony
  • monogamy
  • one flesh
  • polyandry
  • polygamy
  • polygyny
  • wedding
  • group marriage


  1. ^ “marriage” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.
  2. ^ “marriage” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online.
  3. 3.0 3.1 “marriage” in Unabridged,, LLC, 1995–.
  4. ^
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "marriage" - Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, accessed on 2012-04-11
  • Michael Weisenberg, The Official Dictionary of Poker (2000, MGI/Mike Caro University, ISBN 978-1880069523


Most common English words before 1923 in Project Gutenberg: study · father's · killed · #872: marriage · religious · allow · spent


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