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[wed-ing] /ˈwɛd ɪŋ/
the act or ceremony of marrying; marriage; nuptials.
the anniversary of a marriage, or its celebration:
They invited guests to their silver wedding.
the act or an instance of blending or joining, especially opposite or contrasting elements:
a perfect wedding of conservatism and liberalism.
Business Slang. a merger.
of or relating to a wedding:
the wedding ceremony; a wedding dress.
Origin of wedding
before 900; Middle English; Old English weddung. See wed, -ing1
Can be confused
marriage, wedding (see synonym study at marriage)
Synonym Study
1. See marriage.


[wed] /wɛd/
verb (used with object), wedded or wed, wedding.
to marry (another person) in a formal ceremony.
to unite (a couple) in marriage or wedlock; marry.
to bind by close or lasting ties; attach firmly:
She wedded herself to the cause of the poor.
to blend together or unite inseparably:
a novel that weds style and content perfectly.
verb (used without object), wedded or wed, wedding.
to contract marriage; marry.
to become united or to blend:
a building that will wed with the landscape.
before 900; Middle English wedde, Old English weddian to pledge; cognate with German wetten to bet, Old Norse vethja to pledge
Related forms
interwed, verb (used without object), interwed or interwedded, interwedding.
rewed, verb, rewedded, rewedding.
unwed, adjective
4. combine, fuse, merge. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for wedding
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  • The wedding party is just going to start, and then we can go too.

    The Power of Darkness Leo Tolstoy
  • Maria came, and, thanks to the holiday spirit of a wedding week, for a long day.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Crosbie, to whom all this was not repeated, would have preferred a wedding in the country.

    The Small House at Allington Anthony Trollope
  • And so the wedding was set for a few days after Commencement.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • On the wedding day, the bride and bridegroom are seated on two planks placed on the dais.

British Dictionary definitions for wedding


  1. the act of marrying or the celebration of a marriage
  2. (as modifier): wedding day
the anniversary of a marriage (in such combinations as silver wedding or diamond wedding)
the combination or blending of two separate elements


verb weds, wedding, wedded, wed
to take (a person of the opposite sex) as a husband or wife; marry
(transitive) to join (two people) in matrimony
(transitive) to unite closely
Word Origin
Old English weddian; related to Old Frisian weddia, Old Norse vethja, Gothic wadi pledge
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Word Origin and History for wedding

Old English weddung "state of being wed" (see wed). Meaning "ceremony of marriage" is recorded from c.1300; the usual Old English word for the ceremony was bridelope, literally "bridal run," in reference to conducting the bride to her new home. Wedding cake is recorded from 1640s; as a style of architecture, attested from 1879.



Old English weddian "to pledge, covenant to do something, marry," from Proto-Germanic *wadjojanan (cf. Old Norse veðja "to bet, wager," Old Frisian weddia "to promise," Gothic ga-wadjon "to betroth"), from PIE root *wadh- "to pledge, to redeem a pledge" (cf. Latin vas, genitive vadis "bail, security," Lithuanian vaduoti "to redeem a pledge"). Sense remained "pledge" in other Germanic languages (cf. German Wette "bet, wager"); development to "marry" is unique to English. "Originally 'make a woman one's wife by giving a pledge or earnest money', then used of either party" [Buck]. Related: Wedded; wedding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for wedding


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with wedding


The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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