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definition of the word marriage

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From Anglo-Norman, Old French mariage, from marier (to marry), from Latin maritare (to marry, literally “give a husband to”), from maritus (married man, husband), probably from Proto-Indo-European *mari-, perhaps a feminine stem of *mer-yo- (young man, young woman) (hence *mari-to- (given a wife)), if not somehow connected with *mas (male) (stem mar-).



marriage (plural marriages)

  1. The state of being married.
    • Note: For a detailed discussion of marriage as an institution, with its traditions, its norms, and the accompanying legal rights and obligations, please consult the Wikipedia article on marriage.
  2. The union of two people, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
  3. A wedding.
    • You are cordially invited to the marriage of James Smith and Jane Doe.
  4. A close union.
  5. A joining of two parts.
  6. (poker slang) A king and a queen as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em

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