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[mar-i-juh-buh l]
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  1. suitable or attractive for marriage: The handsome and successful young man was considered eminently marriageable.
  2. of an age suitable for marriage: a marriageable daughter.

Origin of marriageable

First recorded in 1545–55; marriage + -able
Related formsmar·riage·a·bil·i·ty, mar·riage·a·ble·ness, nounnon·mar·riage·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·mar·riage·a·ble, adjectiveun·mar·riage·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for marriageable

Historical Examples

  • The fewer the marriageable girls, the higher their market value.

    Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 8, May 21, 1870


  • He has a wife and five children all marriageable and unprovided for.

  • The marriageable age was from fourteen for men, and twelve for girls.

  • Their wives, if of marriageable age, are expected to marry again.

    The Skylark of Space</p>

    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby

  • The heroine, so called, must by a certain fixed law be young and marriageable.

    Orley Farm</p>

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for marriageable


  1. (esp of women) suitable for marriage, usually with reference to age
Derived Formsmarriageability or marriageableness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for marriageable


1550s, from marriage + -able. Earlier was mariable (mid-15c.). Related: Marriageability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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