civil marriage

  1. a marriage performed by a government official, as distinguished from a member of the clergy.

Origin of civil marriage

First recorded in 1890–95
  • Also called civil union .

Words Nearby civil marriage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use civil marriage in a sentence

  • Currently, there's no such thing as civil marriage in Israel.

    A Toast To Gay Divorce In Israel | Brian Schaefer | December 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • In Paris a civil marriage before the mayor of the district is necessary.

    The Complete Bachelor | Walter Germain
  • Annabel chattered all the way about civil marriage, and directed Miss Chantry to wait for us while we went in to the mayor.

    Lazarre | Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • A civil marriage was going forward, and a strange bridal party looked at us.

    Lazarre | Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • The knot would be cut by introducing civil marriage into India generally for all who preferred it.

  • The civil marriage takes place either the day before or early on the same day as the religious ceremony.

    Home Life in Germany | Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick

British Dictionary definitions for civil marriage

civil marriage

  1. law a marriage performed by some official other than a clergyman

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