• WordNet 3.6
    • n matrimony the ceremony or sacrament of marriage
    • n matrimony the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce) "a long and happy marriage","God bless this union"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The biggest cause of matrimonial fighting is money.
    • Matrimony A kind of game at cards played by several persons.
    • Matrimony The union of man and woman as husband and wife; the nuptial state; marriage; wedlock. "If either of you know any impediment, why ye may not be lawfully joined together in matrimony , ye do now confess it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n matrimony The relation of husband and wife, with especial reference to what concerns the latter; the state of marriage or wedlock; nuptial union; conjugal partnership.
    • n matrimony The act of marriage; entrance upon the married state by a formal ceremony or procedure: as, the solemnization of matrimony by a clergyman. In the Roman Catholic Church matrimony is regarded as one of the sacraments.
    • n matrimony Wife.
    • n matrimony A game with cards. Synonyms and Wedlock, Wedding, etc. See marriage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Matrimony mat′ri-mun-i union of husband and wife, marriage: state of marriage
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  • Lord Chesterfield
    “In matters of religion and matrimony I never give any advice; because I will not have anybody's torments in this world or the next laid to my charge.”
  • W. S. Gilbert
    “Matrimonial devotion doesn't seem to suit her notion.”
  • Clare Boothe Luce
    “Always remember, Peggy, it's matrimonial suicide to be jealous when you have a really good reason.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “True love means two seeds grow separately until they join in Matrimony forever.”
  • Isadora Duncan
    “So that ends my first experience of matrimony, which I always thought a highly over-rated performance.”
  • George Farquhar
    “When the blind lead the blind, no wonder they both fall into -- matrimony.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. matrimoine, through Old French, fr. L. matrimonium, fr. mater, mother. See Mother
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. matrimoniummater.


In literature:

Hence your lapse from strict agnostic morality into matrimony, bondage, subjection, and the mistake, Undine.
"The Black Cat" by John Todhunter
It forms, to my mind, so fine a basis for the invariable harmony of the matrimonial state.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
But Eliphalet argued with them, and pleaded and persuaded and coaxed, and dwelt on the advantages of matrimony.
"The Best Ghost Stories" by Various
The recognised code for adultery will be stated in the chapter on matrimonial matters.
"The Mafulu" by Robert W. Williamson
But let us take into account the difference in ideas of matrimony between ourselves and the French.
"The Wits and Beaux of Society" by Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
In the space of a fortnight I have known the same female to adventure upon matrimony no less than seven times.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
At present it seemed highly improbable that he should ever reach a position which would enable him to commit matrimony.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
But if you don't say 'Object matrimony,' some men wouldn't catch the point.
"Sunny Slopes" by Ethel Hueston
I will frankly admit that I planned various matrimonial schemes for Marion.
"Our Elizabeth" by Florence A. Kilpatrick
He next tries matrimony, and the same story reasserts itself.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck

In poetry:

Now, CAPTAIN BAGG had bowed him to
A heavy matrimonial yoke -
His wifey had of faults a few -
She never could resist a joke.
"Baines Carew, Gentleman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Should half our couples, where's the wonder,
Apply the rope to part asunder!
Thus we at matrimony flout,
Yet hang to get in, and get out.
"The True Lover's Knot" by William Hutton
Although no other sin can break the band
Of those, that are by matrimony join'd;
Yet foul adult'ry lets no marriage stand,
But by pollution does its ties unbind.
"Advice And Warning To The Adulterer" by Rees Prichard
THEY pity Pegasus because
The Matrimonial Car he draws
Along the ruts of life:
And hot and dusty is the road,
And heavy is the living load
Of leaning weans and wife.
"Pegasus In Harness" by Gerald Massey
THIS calendar o'erspread with rubrick days;
She soon forgot and learn'd the pirate's ways;
The matrimonial zone aside was thrown,
And only mentioned where the fact was known:
"The Old Man's Calendar" by Jean de La Fontaine
This Farmer, as the tale is told—
Was somewhat cross, and somewhat old!
His, was the wintry hour of life,
While summer smiled before his wife;
A contrast, rather form'd to cloy
The zest of matrimonial joy!
"The Mistletoe (A Christmas Tale)" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

Marriage is under assault again in this country, as fewer adults choose to tie the matrimonial knot while the Left continues to lend civil and economic credence to unions of same-sex partners.
Matrimony in a Chilean Mine.
TomKat's Unholy Matrimony : "I take you, Kate, to have and to hold and to slouch ".
All Blogs Phlog TomKat's Unholy Matrimony : "I take you, Kate, to have and to hold and to slouch ".
There's sex that's actually pre -marital, in the sense that it involves monogamous couples on a path that might lead to matrimony one day.
Matrimony at a mortuary in Turlock.
According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, there's been a steady rise in the amount of married couples getting Post-Nuptial Agreements.
On June 16, 2012 Joseph Scott Pauley and Cynthia Rashell Priestly were met in holy matrimony at The Estep House of Prayer in Ridgeview,WV.
One-act Operas Explore Promise, Pitfalls of Matrimony on Friday, April 8.
Once faithfully married to reggae, The Black Seeds seem to have tired of the life of matrimony and have placed their eggs in more than one categorical basket.
Allowing two committed adults, regardless of their gender, to enter into bonds of holy matrimony has no affect on the sanctity of my marriage.
A South Korean facility by Perkins + Will handles business both corporate and matrimonial.
Miss Sharyn Anne Shoemaker and Mr Ethan William Armentrout, both of Athens, were united in holy matrimony at 4 pm on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, Athens.
When couples take the beloved oath of matrimony, should the 'I Do' mean forever.
Every Valentine's Day for the last 20 years, Loveland Ski Area has held its Marry Me & Ski For Free Mountaintop Matrimony event, in which couples can get married at 12,000 feet.