- the state of being married; marriage: He was married in 1870 and lived in matrimony 12 years.
- the rite, ceremony, or sacrament of marriage: The priest has united them in the bonds of holy matrimony.
Origin of matrimony
Examples from the Web for matrimony
Lucy Scholes on what they reveal about matrimony today—and their literary ancestors.Why We Can’t Get Enough of Twisted Marriage Thrillers
February 18, 2014
Paul is an author herself with three books, including Parenting, Inc. and The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony.Pamela Paul Talks Future of New York Times Book Review
April 12, 2013
Her later works have delved into the battle scars of matrimony, raising children, and family.Is Cheating the Secret to a Happy Marriage?
October 11, 2011
Starring Damian Lewis and Gina McKee, it's a sumptuous and lush period drama about thwarted desire and the chains of matrimony.Masterpiece, Icon of PBS, Turns 40
January 9, 2011
Their closeness to their grandson, especially Philip, makes them eager, I am told, to see William settled in matrimony.A Date for William and Kate
April 6, 2010
In matrimony a similarity of tastes, particularly the taste for domination.The Devil's Dictionary
He acknowledges his folly for having ever spoken lightly of matrimony.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
A brunette selects a blonde and a blonde a brunette, as a general rule in matrimony.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
She is displeased with him for his affectedly-bashful hints of matrimony.
Yet you see he but touches upon the edges of matrimony neither.
- the state or condition of being married
- the ceremony or sacrament of marriage
- a card game in which the king and queen together are a winning combination
- such a combination
Word Origin and History for matrimony
c.1300, from Old French matremoine "matrimony, marriage" and directly from Latin matrimonium "wedlock, marriage," from matrem (nominative mater) "mother" (see mother (n.1)) + -monium, suffix signifying "action, state, condition."