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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Marriage \Mar"riage\, noun [OE. mariage, F. mariage. See {Marry}, verb (used with an object)]

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.

Marriage is honorable in all. --Heb. xiii. 4.

2. The marriage vow or contract. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

3. 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. --Matt. xxii. 2.

4. Any intimate or close union.

5. In pinochle, b['e]zique, 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}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Marriage brokage}. (a) The business of bringing about marriages. (b) The payment made or demanded for the procurement of a marriage.

{Marriage favors}, knots of white ribbons, or bunches of white flowers, worn at weddings.

{Marriage settlement} (Law), a settlement of property in view, and in consideration, of marriage.

Syn: Matrimony; wedlock; wedding; nuptials.

Usage: {Marriage}, {Matrimony}, {Wedlock}. Marriage is properly the act which unites the two parties, and matrimony the state into which they enter. Marriage is, however, often used for the state as well as the act. Wedlock is the old Anglo-Saxon term for matrimony.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union" [syn: {marriage}, {matrimony}, {union}, {spousal relationship}, {wedlock}]

2: two people who are married to each other; "his second marriage was happier than the first"; "a married couple without love" [syn: {marriage}, {married couple}, {man and wife}]

3: the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony; "their marriage was conducted in the chapel" [syn: {marriage}, {wedding}, {marriage ceremony}]

4: a close and intimate union; "the marriage of music and dance"; "a marriage of ideas"

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