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English noun: marriage

1. marriage (state) the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)


SamplesA long and happy marriage.
God bless this union.


Synonymsmatrimony, spousal relationship, union, wedlock


Broader (hypernym)marital status


Narrower (hyponym)bigamy, common-law marriage, cuckoldom, endogamy, exogamy, inmarriage, intermarriage, intermarriage, marriage of convenience, misalliance, monandry, monogamousness, monogamy, open marriage, polygamy, sigeh


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

2. marriage (group) two people who are married to each other


SamplesHis second marriage was happier than the first.
A married couple without love.


Synonymsman and wife, married couple


Broader (hypernym)family, family unit


Narrower (hyponym)mixed marriage


Member holonymbetter half, married person, mate, partner, spouse

3. marriage (act) the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony


SamplesTheir marriage was conducted in the chapel.


Synonymsmarriage ceremony, wedding


Broader (hypernym)rite, ritual


Narrower (hyponym)bridal, civil marriage, espousal, love match, remarriage

4. marriage (state) a close and intimate union


SamplesThe marriage of music and dance.
A marriage of ideas.


Broader (hypernym)unification, union









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