mail-order bride

[ meyl-awr-der brahyd ]
/ ˈmeɪlˌɔr dər ˌbraɪd /


a woman who solicits or accepts a contractual marriage arranged by an agency or brokerage after a period of long-distance courtship, traditionally by written correspondence.

Origin of mail-order bride

First recorded in 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019