• WordNet 3.6
    • n marriage the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony "their marriage was conducted in the chapel"
    • n marriage two people who are married to each other "his second marriage was happier than the first","a married couple without love"
    • n marriage the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce) "a long and happy marriage","God bless this union"
    • n marriage a close and intimate union "the marriage of music and dance","a marriage of ideas"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Marriage contract. Neapolitan group Marriage contract. Neapolitan group

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In one day, 230 marriage licenses are issued in Las Vegas
    • Marriage 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."
    • Marriage Any intimate or close union.
    • Marriage In pinochle, bézique, 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.
    • Marriage 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."
    • Marriage The marriage vow or contract.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Broccoli was first introduced into France during the royal marriage of Catherine de Medici to Henry II of France
    • n marriage The legal union of a man with a woman for life; the state or condition of being married; the legal relation of spouses to each other; wedlock. In this sense marriage is a status or condition which, though originating in a contract, is not capable of being terminated by the parties' rescission of the contract, because the interests of the state and of children require the affixing of certain permanent duties and obligations upon the parties.
    • n marriage The formal declaration or contract by which act a man and a woman join in wedlock. In this sense marriage is a civil contract, implying the free and intelligent mutual consent of competent persons to take each other, as a present act, as husband and wife; and according to the modern and most prevalent view no formalities other than such as the law of the jurisdiction may expressly impose are necessary to prevent either from subsequently repudiating the other or denying the legitimacy of their issue. The formalities provided for by the law of some of the United States are optional, being intended chiefly to enable the parties to preserve authentic evidence of the contract. When a man and a woman live and cohabit together, and conduct themselves as man and wife in the society and neighborhood of which they are members, till the belief and reputation that they are married become general, their marriage is presumed, without other evidence, for purposes of enforcing rights and liabilities of third persons.
    • n marriage The celebration of a marriage; a wedding.
    • n marriage A marriage vow or contract.
    • n marriage Intimate union; a joining as if in marriage. The figure is used in the Bible to represent the close union of God or Christ and the chosen people or church. See Isa. liv. 5; Hos. ii. 19, 20.
    • n marriage In various card-games, as bezique, the possession in one hand of the king and queen.
    • n marriage A marriage itself.
    • n marriage Same as marriage articles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1892, Italy raised the minimum age for marriage for girls to 12.
    • n Marriage mar′ij the ceremony by which a man and woman become husband and wife: the union of a man and woman as husband and wife
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  • Margaret Trudeau
    Margaret Trudeau
    “It takes two to destroy a marriage.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If marriage is your object, you'd better start loving your subject.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A good marriage winds up as a meeting of minds, which had better be pretty good to start with.”
  • Barbara Ehrenreich
    “Marriage is socialism among two people.”
  • George Jessel
    George Jessel
    “Marriage is a mistake every man should make.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.”


Marriage of convenience - A marriage of convenience is a marriage or commitment made for financial, social or other benefit rather than love, affection, etc.
Shotgun marriage - A shotgun marriage, or shotgun wedding, is one that is forced because of pregnancy. It is also used idiomatically for a compromise, agreement or arrangement that is forced upon groups or people by necessity.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mariage, F. mariage,. See Marry (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. mariage. See Marry.


In literature:

It never occurred to him to shirk the institution of marriage.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
How many who have made rash marriages which have led to no happiness!
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
That was not a valid marriage by English law.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
The Christian religion informs us, that in the other world they neither marry, nor are given in marriage.
"Sketches of the Fair Sex, in All Parts of the World" by Anonymous
Their marriage is a very desirable one on every account.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
We have romance before marriage, we want more chivalry in marriage.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Mr. Fenwick took it on his marriage, when he was about twenty-seven, and Bullhampton has been lucky.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
It could not be a legal marriage.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Love pointed her thoughts toward marriage, and here was a worthy model after which to build.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
The matter of the marriage of the king was deemed of very great moment.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott

In poetry:

'Lo, I have brought my gift, my lord,
Have brought my gift,' she said:
'To bless the hearth, to bless the board,
To bless the marriage-bed.
"Maude Clare" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
“And why do you keen and cry," said he,
“So loud on my marriage day ?
The wedding guests they now eager wait,
All clad in their rich array.
"The Woman Who Went To Hell [An Irish Legend]" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
Treasure the touches of my fingers.
God did not waste His whitest web
On veils of silk or moons of milk,
But on a marriage cap, from you to me.
"Comparisons" by Edward Powys Mathers
'And to cloak it by marriage I'm not the first,
Though, maybe, morally most accurst
Through your unpeered
And strict uprightness. That's the worst!
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
Thus Tom the marriage sprig had planted;
From thence drew all the joys he wanted.
Quite full, you'd represent his store,
Who runs away for fear of more.
"The Parrish Wedding" by William Hutton
Soon Saturnus will his bride discover,—
So the mighty oracle hath said;
Blazing worlds will turn to marriage torches
When Eternity with Time shall wed!
"Fantasie -- To Laura" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

Lasting love, marriage age, personality quiz and sexless marriages.
Is One Superhero's Same-Sex Marriage an Existential Threat to Comic Book Marriages.
Before we get to our thoughts on gay marriage – and, really, shouldn't every marriage be gay.
Minnesota for Marriage, a group that supports a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, is trying to raise money off Target's recent announcement that it will raise money for a group that opposes the amendment.
Contrary to Helen Halverson's October 20th opinion that "traditional marriage" is in peril, Minnesota has already recognized marriage as a union between one woman and one man since 1997 (MN Statue 517.01).
Even some who support same-sex marriage worry that, in striking down California's voter-approved proposition defining marriage as between one man and one woman, US District Judge Vaughn Walker went too far.
DOMA also means that states are not required to recognize marriage (or marriage-like partnerships) from other states.
Go online, type in John Ward – Marriage Amendment and see how he is "championing" the "vote no" group (or against traditional marriage).
In a historic vote in the November 6 election, Maine residents approved same-sex marriage, by the same margin that the state's voters had repealed a gay marriage law three years ago.
In reply to the letter to the editor entitled "Marriage amendment just a rallying point " — Passage of the proposed marriage amendment is admittedly a rallying point for all Minnesota.
It was Mazza's first marriage and Lopez's second, since his two-week marriage to Ali Landry apparently counts as a marriage .
In 50 years, he suspects that "people will look back at gay marriage the way we look back at inter-racial marriage and say, "Can you believe that people of different races couldn't get married .
Should the Supreme Court strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman, same-sex couples will see big changes to their finances -- for better and for worse.
Washington state has approved gay marriage, joining Maine and Maryland as the first states to pass same-sex marriage by popular vote.
The National Organization for Marriage sent letters to the state's 50 largest companies, as well as the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, asking them to remain neutral on the marriage issue.

In science:

Hence, the assertion follows from the marriage theorem. ✷ The following lemma states a second expansion-type property.
Analyzing Walksat on random formulas
This is in sharp contrast with the case of bipartite graphs, where a simple argument based on Hall’s marriage theorem gives a threshold probability of p = log n [Bol01, Corollary 7.13].
Random groups and Property (T): \.Zuk's theorem revisited
Furthermore, we study a particular scheme based on the Gale-Shapley stable marriage .
Invariant bipartite random graphs on $\mathbb{R}^d$
Particular attention is spent on a matching scheme based on the Gale-Shapley stable marriage .
Invariant bipartite random graphs on $\mathbb{R}^d$
College admissions and stability of marriage.
Invariant bipartite random graphs on $\mathbb{R}^d$