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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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