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[mar-i-juh-buh l] /ˈmær ɪ dʒə bəl/
suitable or attractive for marriage:
The handsome and successful young man was considered eminently marriageable.
of an age suitable for marriage:
a marriageable daughter.
Origin of marriageable
First recorded in 1545-55; marriage + -able
Related forms
marriageability, marriageableness, noun
nonmarriageability, noun
nonmarriageable, adjective
unmarriageable, adjective Unabridged
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  • Catherine is not unmarriageable, but she is absolutely unattractive.

    Washington Square Henry James
  • For similar reasons many women, unmarriageable through physical defects, seem to have been placed in nunneries.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • We extend to Mr. P. our sincere sympathy in the greatest calamity that can befall an unmarriageable man.

  • She is the tallest woman in the room except Lady Delmour's two yards of unmarriageable maypole.

    Diana Tempest, Volume I (of 3)

    Mary Cholmondeley
British Dictionary definitions for unmarriageable


(esp of women) suitable for marriage, usually with reference to age
Derived Forms
marriageability, marriageableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unmarriageable



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

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