• WordNet 3.6
    • adj matrimonial of or relating to the state of marriage "marital status","marital fidelity","married bliss"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The biggest cause of matrimonial fighting is money.
    • a Matrimonial Of or pertaining to marriage; derived from marriage; connubial; nuptial; hymeneal; as, matrimonial rights or duties. "If he relied upon that title, he could be but a king at courtesy, and have rather a matrimonial than a regal power."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • matrimonial Of or pertaining to matrimony; connubial; nuptial: as, matrimonial rights or duties.
    • matrimonial Derived from marriage.
    • matrimonial A statute of 1857 (20 and 21 Vict., c. 85) which established the Conrt for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes, having exclusive jurisdiction over divorce and matrimonial matters, and settled the law relating thereto.
    • matrimonial A statute of 1878 (41 and 42 Vict., c. 19) relating to divorce and judicial separation.
    • matrimonial A statute of 1884 (47 and 48 Vict., c. 68) which substitutes for the restitution of conjugal rights formerly enforced periodical payments of money by the husband, authorizes the court to order a settlement of a wife's property for the benefit of the husband and children, and relates to desertion and custody of children. Synonyms Matrimonial, Connubial, Nuptial, Conjugal, Hymeneal, Marital. Matrimonial, connubial, and conjugal, like matrimony, relate to the married state. Nuptial and hymeneal are more suggestive of the act of marriage or that which is in close connection with it. Connubial suggests the fact that marriage is the union of persons of opposite sexes. Conjugal primarily means belonging to a spouse, and secondarily belonging to the state of spouses—that is, matrimony: as, conjugal felicity, responsibility, obligations, rights. Marital means, specifically, belonging to a husband, but is also used with reference to the married state in general.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Matrimonial relating to, derived from, marriage
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  • Clare Boothe Luce
    “Always remember, Peggy, it's matrimonial suicide to be jealous when you have a really good reason.”
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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.”
  • Heinrich Heine
    “Matrimony is the high sea for which no compass has yet to be invented.”
  • Karl Kraus
    “Matrimony is the union of meanness and martyrdom.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. matrimonialis,: cf. F. matrimonial,. See Matrimony
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. matrimoniummater.


In literature:

Now Darnley was very urgent to have the crown matrimonial conferred upon him.
"Mary Queen of Scots, Makers of History" by Jacob Abbott
Matrimony had suddenly become domesticated, as it were.
"A Christmas Accident and Other Stories" by Annie Eliot Trumbull
It is only matrimony for which liking is the foundation.
"The Bondwoman" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Maternity is not necessarily motherhood any more than matrimony is always marriage.
"Sex=The Unknown Quantity" by Ali Nomad
This is a postulate of individual and social hygiene and consequently of all healthy matrimonial law.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
Such a example as yourn would stimulate 'em too much in matrimonial directions and land 'em in prison.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
Matrimony at present includes, besides the above, the delivery of the person and the dowry.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
Matrimonially I was as impossible as one of the stable boys.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
I had told him my opinion of matrimony, in just the same terms as I had done my merchant, and he came into it presently.
"The Fortunate Mistress (Parts 1 and 2)" by Daniel Defoe
And then he always had regarded matrimony as a state of gravity and maturity, into which the young and unsophisticated did not venture.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden

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
Was she untrue?--She oftentimes was glad
And happy as a wife;
But ONE remembrance oftentimes made sad
Her matrimonial life.--
"Man's Devotion" by James Whitcomb Riley
"Young fellow, listen to a friend:
Beware of wedlock - 'tis a gamble,
It's MAN who holds the losing end
In every matrimonial scramble."
"The Lottery" by Robert W Service
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
"Not that I'm askin'" ... 'Ere 'is eyes
Goes sort uv swiv'ly, an' 'e sighs.
"Not that I'm askin' with idears
Uv love an' marridge; 'ave no fears.
I've chucked the matrimony plan,"
'E sez. "I'm only 'arf a man."
"Jim's Girl" by C J Dennis

In news:

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.
One-act Operas Explore Promise, Pitfalls of Matrimony on Friday, April 8.
The questions have grown only more urgent: four centuries after Milton urged that divorce become a civil right, American matrimonial law is still punitive -- protracted, expensive, confusing, damaging.
Sponsored by the Colorado Chapter of the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
The Big Bang Theory 's Kunal Nayyar is happily married in real life, but that didn't stop the actor from confessing his matrimonial dreams about comedian Chelsea Handler.
Directed by Dee 's grandson Muta'Ali, and funded through Kickstarter (raising $50,000 in just 40 days), the documentary traces the actress's life and times in the context of Muta'Ali questioning social activism and matrimony.
Profile Maryam's Temporary Matrimonies: A Story of Sigheh.
Tiffanee Tilford and Keenan Galloway were united in matrimony on Saturday, July 7, 2012.
Author talks on Mail Order Matrimony.
Sarah Joann Roswell and Samuel Nicholas Wiltzius were joined in Holy Matrimony on July 16.
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.
Marlene Eskind Moses Re-Elected Vice President of International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Sacramental Matrimony's Tried and True Friend.