marriage of convenience

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  1. marriage entered into for a personal or family advantage, as for social, political, or economic reasons, usually without love and sometimes without the expectation of sexual relations.

Origin of marriage of convenience

First recorded in 1705–15
French ma·riage de con·ve·nance [ma-ryazh duh kawn-vuh-nahns] /maˈryaʒ də kɔ̃ vəˈnɑ̃s/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for mariage de convenance

mariage de convenance

noun plural mariages de convenance
  1. another term for marriage of convenience

marriage of convenience

  1. a marriage based on expediency rather than on love
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