- 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.
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Origin of marriage
SYNONYMS FOR 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
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
Andrew and Fergie separated in 1992 after six years of marriage and formally divorced in 1996.
Maybe Mary is being more realistic about a second marriage—but is it too much to ask for a little fire?
“In America 100 percent of men have free sexual relations after marriage,” he said in another speech, which was aired on TV.50 Shades of Iran: The Mullahs’ Kinky Fantasies about Sex in the West|IranWire, Shima Sharabi|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
E.J. Graff, senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, is the author of What Is Marriage For?The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality|E.J. Graff|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It's a very old song now, and bring us as fast as you can to the castle and the marriage.
One of them, a very popular and well-to-do gentleman, made her an offer of marriage.A Little Girl in Old Washington|Amanda M. Douglas
Forbid all association or consent cheerfully to the marriage.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners|B.G. Jefferis
Yet how could he have held the pistol to her head, saying, "No marriage, no elopement."The Incredible Honeymoon|E. Nesbit
She had been faithful to her marriage vow, till certain news of your death reached her.Seven Frozen Sailors|George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for marriage
- the legal union or contract made by two people to live together
- (as modifier)marriage licence; marriage certificate