marriage of convenience


noun

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.

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French ma·riage de con·ve·nance [ma-ryazh duh kawn-vuh-nahns] /maˈryaʒ də kɔ̃ vəˈnɑ̃s/.

Origin of marriage of convenience

First recorded in 1705–15
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British Dictionary definitions for mariage de convenance (1 of 2)

mariage de convenance
/ French (marjaʒ də kɔ̃vənɑ̃s) /

noun plural mariages de convenance

another term for marriage of convenience

British Dictionary definitions for mariage de convenance (2 of 2)

marriage of convenience

noun

a marriage based on expediency rather than on love
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