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civil marriage

a marriage performed by a government official, as distinguished from a member of the clergy.
Also called civil union.
Origin of civil marriage
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The civil marriage is obligatory everywhere, and costs nothing.

    Home Life in Germany Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • In England, possibly, a civil marriage might have been proposed to the poor girl.

  • In Paris a civil marriage before the mayor of the district is necessary.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • With some modification, the civil marriage Bill would be carried through.

  • The most august names signed the book of the civil marriage.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for civil marriage

civil marriage

(law) a marriage performed by some official other than a clergyman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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