suitable or attractive for marriage: The handsome and successful young man was considered eminently marriageable.
of an age suitable for marriage: a marriageable daughter.
Origin of marriageable
Related formsmar·riage·a·bil·i·ty, mar·riage·a·ble·ness, nounnon·mar·riage·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·mar·riage·a·ble, adjectiveun·mar·riage·a·ble, adjective
First recorded in 1545–55; marriage
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Historical Examples of marriageable
The fewer the marriageable girls, the higher their market value.
He has a wife and five children all marriageable and unprovided for.
The marriageable age was from fourteen for men, and twelve for girls.
Their wives, if of marriageable age, are expected to marry again.
The heroine, so called, must by a certain fixed law be young and marriageable.
British Dictionary definitions for marriageable
Derived Formsmarriageability or marriageableness, noun
(esp of women) suitable for marriage, usually with reference to age
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Word Origin and History for marriageable
1550s, from marriage + -able. Earlier was mariable (mid-15c.). Related: Marriageability.
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