marriage

  • 1 marriage — mar·riage / mar ij/ n 1: the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a legal, consensual, and contractual relationship recognized and sanctioned by and dissolvable only by law see also divorce 2: the ceremony… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 marriage — is traditionally conceived to be a legally recognized relationship, between an adult male and female, that carries certain rights and obligations. However, in contemporary societies, marriage is sometimes interpreted more liberally and the phrase …

    Dictionary of sociology

  • 3 marriage — marriage, matrimony, wedlock, wedding, nuptial, espousal are comparable though not always synonymous because they all refer directly or indirectly to acts by which a man and woman become husband and. wife or to the state of being husband and wife …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 Marriage — 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. [1913 Webster] Marriage is honorable in all.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 marriage — (n.) c.1300, act of marrying, entry into wedlock; also state or condition of being husband and wife; from O.Fr. mariage marriage; dowry (12c.), from V.L. *maritaticum (11c.), from L. maritatus, pp. of maritatre to wed, marry, give in marriage… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 marriage — ► NOUN 1) the formal union of a man and a woman, by which they become husband and wife. 2) a combination of two or more elements. ● marriage of convenience Cf. ↑marriage of convenience ORIGIN Old French mariage, from marier marry …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 marriage — [n] legal joining of two people; a union alliance, amalgamation, association, confederation, conjugality, connubiality, consortium, coupling, espousal, holy matrimony, link, match, mating, matrimony, merger, monogamy, nuptials, pledging,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 marriage — [mar′ij] n. [ME mariage < OFr < marier: see MARRY1] 1. the state of being married; relation between spouses; married life; wedlock; matrimony 2. the act of marrying; wedding 3. the rite or form used in marrying 4. any close or intimate… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 Marriage — For other uses, see Marriage (disambiguation). Married and Matrimony redirect here. For other uses, see Married (disambiguation) and Matrimony (disambiguation) …

    Wikipedia

  • 10 MARRIAGE — This article is arranged according to the following outline: the concept in the bible in sectarian teaching in rabbinic literature in medieval and modern times marriage ceremony in the bible in the talmud post talmudic period the marriage… …

    Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 11 marriage — /mar ij/, n. 1. the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc. 2. the state, condition, or relationship of being married; wedlock: a happy… …

    Universalium

  • 12 marriage — Legal union of one man and one woman as husband and wife. Singer v. Kara, 11 Wash.App. 247, 522 P.2d 1187, 1193. Marriage, as distinguished from the agreement to marry and from the act of becoming married, is the legal status, condition, or… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 13 marriage — Legal union of one man and one woman as husband and wife. Singer v. Kara, 11 Wash.App. 247, 522 P.2d 1187, 1193. Marriage, as distinguished from the agreement to marry and from the act of becoming married, is the legal status, condition, or… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 14 marriage — noun 1 state of being married ADJECTIVE ▪ good, happy, successful ▪ broken, disastrous, failed, unhappy ▪ She was the child of a broken marriage …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 marriage — mar|riage W2S2 [ˈmærıdʒ] n [Date: 1200 1300; : French; Origin: mariage, from marier; MARRY] 1.) [U and C] the relationship between two people who are married, or the state of being married ▪ She has three daughters from a previous marriage. ▪ One …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 marriage — n. 1) to enter into a marriage 2) to announce a marriage 3) to consummate a marriage 4) to arrange a marriage 5) to propose marriage 6) to annul a marriage 7) to break up, dissolve a marriage 8) a bad, unhappy; broken; good; happy marriage 9) an… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 Marriage —    One of the most important and central institutions in any society, marriage was a custom that underwent profound and lasting change during late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. Traditions common among the Germanic peoples, including… …

    Encyclopedia of Barbarian Europe

  • 18 marriage — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Legal union Nouns 1. marriage, matrimony, wedlock, union; intermarriage, nuptial tie, married state, bed and board, cohabitation, POSSLQ (person of the opposite sex sharing living quarters), wedded… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 marriage — For most of Chinese history, marriage was arranged by parents. This tradition has its roots in the strong belief that marriage is a family affair and should involve households of similar socioeconomic statuses (mengdang hudui or ‘matching doors’) …

    Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture

  • 20 “Marriage” — by Gregory Corso    The theme of marriage is in poetry an ancient and honored one, which through the centuries has been treated in a consistently celebratory fashion. But in his poem “Marriage,” gregory corso brings a somewhat skeptical spirit to …

    Encyclopedia of Beat Literature