- Also called opposite-sex marriage . the form of this institution under which a man and a woman have established their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc.See also traditional marriage (def. 2).
- this institution expanded to include two partners of the same gender, as in same-sex marriage; gay marriage.
SYNONYMS FOR marriage
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Origin of marriage
synonym study for marriage
historical usage of marriage
Multiple wives, for example, proliferate in the Bible. King Solomon famously had 700, although most were apparently instruments of political alliance rather than participants in royal romance. (For that, he had 300 concubines.)
Marriage can be sanctioned legally or religiously, and typically confers upon married people a special legal status with particular rights, benefits, and obligations. Access to this special status has changed over time. For example, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage as recently as 1967, while same-sex marriage, which for some time had been banned in many states or ignored in others, was in 2015 ruled a constitutional right for all Americans.
Marriage as the union of one man and one woman is the most common definition of the term in the Western world today—this in spite of the prevalence on the one hand of divorce (enabling people to marry several different partners in sequence), and on the other, of an increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage. And as society becomes more inclusive, it is likely that “equal protection under the law” will be fully applied to same-sex couples.
In crafting definitions for a word that represents an institution that is rapidly evolving, the dictionary may well have to keep adding, changing, and reordering senses, splitting or combining them as the institution changes. Inevitably, those who want to preserve what they cherish as traditional values will resist new definitions, while those who anticipate, welcome, and fight for societal change will be impatient when new definitions do not appear as quickly as they would wish. But we should all remember that while it is not the job of a dictionary to drive social change, it is inevitable that it will reflect such change.
OTHER WORDS FROM marriage
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH marriagemarriage , wedding (see synonym study at the current entry)
Words nearby marriage
Example sentences from the Web for marriage
The problem turned around when we started going to a marriage counselor.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode)|Maria Konnikova|September 12, 2020|Freakonomics
That and other disorders are carried by a high proportion of people in parts of the world where marriage between cousins is common.Strict new guidelines lay out a path to heritable human gene editing|Tina Hesman Saey|September 3, 2020|Science News
We hope you enjoy using this espresso machine leading up to your big day and throughout your marriage.A guide to giving gifts for postponed and shrunken weddings|Brooke Henderson|August 20, 2020|Fortune
But, generally, education is associated with later marriage.How Rising Education for Women Is Shaping the Global Population - Facts So Romantic|Kiki Sanford|August 19, 2020|Nautilus
The Supreme Court has described marriage as a fundamental right 14 times since 1888.Harris as VP pick brings diversity, LGBTQ ally to Biden ticket|Chris Johnson|August 11, 2020|Washington Blade
Meanwhile, in Florida, Bush was flooded with questions about whether gay marriage could possibly come to the Sunshine State.
So, Islamized teaching sends girls back home for marriage and housework, and remains exclusively for boys.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
To those who agreed with him, Bush pledged that the law against same-sex marriage would remain intact.
Bush busy engaging constituents on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate ahead of the 2004 presidential election.
Gay marriage was the hot-button fight on the left and right.
Do you want the marriage of your daughter with the rich and Honourable Harry broken?The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
After her marriage to Eugène Manet she came under the influence of his famous brother, Édouard.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
It had come into the family through the marriage of a former earl with the heiress of the great Chudleigh family.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Seven o'clock was the hour fixed for the marriage: it would be twilight then, and dinner over.
The mode of procession was a little out of the common order of such affairs; but so was the marriage.
British Dictionary definitions for marriage
- the legal union or contract made by two people to live together
- (as modifier)marriage licence; marriage certificate