Gretna Green


noun

a village in S Scotland, near the English border, to which many English couples formerly eloped to be married.

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Gretna Green
/ (ˈɡrɛtnə) /

noun

a village in S Scotland, in Dumfries and Galloway on the border with England: famous smithy where eloping couples were married by the blacksmith from 1754 until 1940, when such marriages became illegal. Pop: 2705 (2001)
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