marriage meaning

EN[ˈmæɹɪdʒ] [-æɹɪdʒ]
  • Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognized union or legal contract between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them, between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws.
  • Individuals may marry for several reasons, including legal, social, libidinal, emotional, financial, spiritual, and religious purposes.
  • Marriage can be recognized by a state, an organization, a religious authority, a tribal group, a local community or peers. It is often viewed as a contract.

    Definition of marriage in English Dictionary

  • NounPLmarriagesSUF-age
    1. The state of being married.
      1. You should enter marriage for love.
    2. A union of two or more people that creates a family tie and carries legal and/or social rights and responsibilities.
      1. "I have a patient right now whose marriage proved to be a tragedy. She wanted love, sexual gratification, children, and social prestige; but life blasted all her hopes. Her husband didn't love her. He refused even to eat with her, and forced her to serve his meals in his room upstairs. She had no children, no social standing. She went insane; and, in her imagination, she divorced her husband and resumed her maiden name. She now believes she has married into the English aristocracy, and she insists on being called Lady Smith.
    3. A wedding; a ceremony in which people wed.
      1. You are cordially invited to the marriage of James Smith and Jane Doe.
    4. (figuratively) A close union.
      1. A joining of two parts.
        1. (card games) A king and a queen, when held as a hand in Texas hold 'em or melded in pinochle.
          1. (card games) In solitaire or patience games, the placing a card of the same suit on the next one above or below it in value.
          2. More Examples
            1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
              • How he has escaped marriage until now I cannot tell: the number of caps set in his direction would furnish a warehouse. — Patrick O'Brian, "HMS Surprise".
              • Our marriage went through a difficult time, but now it is on the mend.
              • [ … ] perhaps it is time to do an end run around the culture wars by unbundling the marriage contract into its constituent parts.
            2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
              • He is survived by the daughter of an early marriage.
              • She cast away her bridal dress along with other reminders of the marriage.
          • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
            1. Morphemes
              • Suffixes
                • Words by suffix
                  • Words suffixed with -age
              • Nouns
                • Countable nouns
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              1. en marriages
              2. en marriagelike
              3. en marriageable
              4. en marriageably
              5. en marriage bed
              Source: Wiktionary
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              Meaning of marriage for the defined word.

              Grammatically, this word "marriage" is a morpheme, more specifically, a suffixe. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
              Difficultness: Level 1
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              Definiteness: Level 9
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