Definitions for: Marriage

[n] the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony; "their marriage was conducted in the chapel"
[n] two people who are married to each other; "his second marriage was happier than the first"; "a married couple without love"
[n] state of being husband and wife; "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"
[n] a close and intimate union; "the marriage of music and dance"; "a marriage of ideas"

Webster (1913) Definition: Mar"riage, n. [OE. mariage, F. mariage. See Marry,
v. t.]
1. 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.

Marriage is honorable in all. --Heb. xiii.

2. The marriage vow or contract. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

3. A feast made on the occasion of a marriage.

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king
which made a marriage for his son. --Matt. xxii.

4. Any intimate or close union.

Marriage brokage.
(a) The business of bringing about marriages.
(b) The payment made or demanded for the procurement of a

Marriage favors, knots of white ribbons, or bunches of
white flowers, worn at weddings.

Marriage settlement (Law), a settlement of property in
view, and in consideration, of marriage.

Syn: Matrimony; wedlock; wedding; nuptials.

Usage: Marriage, Matrimony, Wedlock. Marriage is
properly the act which unites the two parties, and
matrimony the state into which they enter. Marriage
is, however, often used for the state as well as the
act. Wedlock is the old Anglo-Saxon term for

Mar"riage, n.
In b['e]zique, penuchle, and similar games at cards, the
combination of a king and queen of the same suit. If of the
trump suit, it is called a royal marriage.

Synonyms: man and wife, marriage ceremony, married couple, matrimony, union, wedding, wedlock

See Also: better half, bigamy, bridal, civil marriage, common-law marriage, endogamy, espousal, exogamy, family, family unit, inmarriage, intermarriage, love match, marital status, marriage of convenience, married person, mate, misalliance, mixed marriage, monandry, monogamousness, monogamy, monogyny, open marriage, partner, polyandry, polygamy, polygyny, remarriage, rite, ritual, spouse, unification

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