Definition of marriage in English:

marriage

noun

  • 1The legally or formally recognized union of two people as partners in a personal relationship (historically and in some jurisdictions specifically a union between a man and a woman)

    ‘a happy marriage’
    ‘the children from his first marriage’
    as modifier ‘marriage vows’
    • ‘A man who was in a coma for six weeks after a road accident and can't remember his wedding has renewed his marriage vows to his wife who is helping him back to health.’
    • ‘It is anyway a false distinction to divide marriages into the happy and the unhappy, and to say that when they are happy, ownership is unimportant.’
    • ‘While Bernadette and Patrick did exchange wedding vows, their marriage is not legally binding.’
    • ‘We have about 12 weddings a year and last year we did a marriage vows renewal service which went very well.’
    • ‘It was indeed mentally invigorating to enter into a debate on arranged marriages versus love marriages.’
    • ‘The husband submits that the marriage was not a traditional one wherein the wife sacrificed her career in order to stay at home to care for children.’
    • ‘He claims to have separated 11 months after the marriage due to the wife's infidelities.’
    • ‘Many of these unions grew into happy and successful marriages.’
    • ‘She refused several of his marriage proposals, but she finally relented and they got married in 1962.’
    • ‘She had been refused free NHS treatment because her husband has children from a previous marriage.’
    • ‘By working less and staying at home more, I believed naively that my husband would come home to domestic bliss and a happy marriage would ensue.’
    • ‘My wife's daughter from her previous marriage is coming to stay with us for a few days.’
    • ‘When they returned a few hours later, Jeff showed Charlie the marriage license.’
    • ‘Nothing tied him down - no restrictions, no regulations, no marriage vows.’
    • ‘My name is Steve, and I will be performing your marriage ceremony today.’
    • ‘He only discovered her duplicity when he found a marriage certificate in her handbag.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Serious ill-health and in 1951 the break-up of his marriage increased his problems.’
    wedding, wedding ceremony, marriage ceremony, nuptials, union
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    1. 1.1mass noun The state of being married.
      ‘they were celebrating 50 years of marriage’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Was it conservative to insist that she would not allow marriage and family to stand in the way of her legal studies or, once called to the Bar, her career as a lawyer?’
      • ‘But then, I thought that's what marriage was about.’
      • ‘But asserting that loss of individuality within marriage is still primarily a female problem is a point that seems much harder to argue in a world where roles are shifting all the time.’
      • ‘A former British soldier and his German bride, who overcame prejudice in post-war Germany, were today celebrating 50 years of marriage.’
      • ‘They were both factory hands when they married at the age of 19 and 22 and spent their first year of marriage in Calne, before moving to Melksham in 1933.’
      • ‘With National Marriage Week starting today and Valentine's Day looming we spoke to two very different couples and one divorcee about their experiences of marriage.’
      • ‘Their research showed that marriage brings such life-enhancing benefits as lower blood pressure, improved diet and enhanced mental well-being.’
      • ‘A couple's wartime romance led to 60 years of marriage.’
      • ‘A York family marks 75 years of marriage today - as parents and daughter celebrate their golden and silver weddings respectively.’
      matrimony, holy matrimony, wedlock, married state, conjugal bond, civil partnership
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  • 2A combination or mixture of elements.

    ‘her music is a marriage of funk, jazz, and hip-hop’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, our music has always been a marriage of techno, house and trance elements - dark and deep.’
    • ‘His unique marriage of African music and Christian gospel has prompted legendary artists, like Paul Simon, to record with the group.’
    union, alliance, fusion, amalgamation, combination, affiliation, association, connection, coupling, merger, unification
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    1. 2.1(in bezique and other card games) a combination of a king and queen of the same suit.
      • ‘The rule requiring the bidder to have at least a marriage in the trump suit is not always followed.’
      • ‘After taking a trick a player can announce a marriage (the K and Q of the same suit) for 5 extra points for the team.’
      • ‘A-T-K-K-Q-Q-J of trumps would score 190 for a run plus a marriage in trumps.’

Phrases

    in marriage
    • As husband or wife.

      ‘he asked my father for my hand in marriage’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I am sorry for the silent treatment, but I was under the impression you were a duke that was coming to ask for my sister's hand in marriage.’
      • ‘She takes him home and he asks her father for her hand in marriage.’
      • ‘Her father offers him her hand in marriage, and she sits uncomfortably as they joke about this.’
      • ‘If the woodcutter finds the key and opens the door, he will win the hand of the king's daughter in marriage and all his riches.’
      • ‘Nearly seventy years ago, during a visit to the falls, he asked Jenny for her hand in marriage.’
      • ‘In two days time he would be back in Ireland and offer his hand in marriage to that beautiful young girl.’
      • ‘James IV of Scotland welcomed him and gave him his cousin in marriage.’
    by marriage
    • As a result of a marriage.

      ‘the estate passed by marriage to the Burlingtons’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The sense of family identity extended to grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and relatives by marriage.’
      • ‘The definition does not include your cousins or any relations by marriage.’
      • ‘She was some sort of cousin by marriage to Antonia's mother and the pair would sometimes engage in conversation.’
      • ‘The terms of the order prevent him downloading or viewing images of children under the age of 16 unless they are blood relatives, relatives by marriage or godchildren.’
      • ‘Rather than make recommendations it invites further discussion by citing a number of options, one of which is to remove all restrictions based on relationships by marriage.’
      • ‘That commitment is then reinforced by the web of familial and other relations, created by marriage, that they have around them.’
      • ‘The two men, who are related by marriage, were seriously wounded.’

Origin

Middle English from Old French mariage, from marier ‘marry’.

Pronunciation

marriage

/ˈmarɪdʒ/