[ mar-eed ]
/ ˈmær id /


united in wedlock; wedded: married couples.
of or relating to marriage or married persons; connubial; conjugal: married happiness.
(of an antique) created from components of two or more authentic pieces.
interconnected or joined; united.
(of a family name) acquired through marriage.


Usually marrieds. married couples or married people: young marrieds moving into their first home.

Origin of married

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at marry1, -ed2

Related forms

mar·ried·ly, adverbun·mar·ried, adjective, nounwell-mar·ried, adjective

Definition for married (2 of 2)


[ mar-ee ]
/ ˈmær i /

verb (used with object), mar·ried, mar·ry·ing.

verb (used without object), mar·ried, mar·ry·ing.

to wed.
(of two or more foods, wines, etc.) to combine suitably or agreeably; blend: This wine and the strong cheese just don't marry.

Origin of marry

1250–1300; Middle English marien < Old French marier < Latin marītāre to wed, derivative of marītus conjugal, akin to mās male (person)

Related forms

mar·ri·er, nounnon·mar·ry·ing, adjectiveun·mar·ry·ing, adjective

Can be confused

marry Mary merry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for married (1 of 3)


/ (ˈmærɪd) /


having a husband or wife
joined in marriagea married couple
of or involving marriage or married persons
closely or intimately united


(usually plural) a married person (esp in the phrase young marrieds)

British Dictionary definitions for married (2 of 3)


/ (ˈmærɪ) /

verb -ries, -rying or -ried

to take (someone as one's partner) in marriage
(tr) to join or give in marriage
(tr) to acquire (something) by marriagemarry money
to unite closely or intimately
(tr sometimes foll by up) to fit together or align (two things); join
(tr) nautical
  1. to match up (the strands) of unlaid ropes before splicing
  2. to seize (two ropes) together at intervals along their lengths
See also marry up

Derived Forms

marrier, noun

Word Origin for marry

C13: from Old French marier, from Latin marītāre, from marītus married (man), perhaps from mās male

British Dictionary definitions for married (3 of 3)


/ (ˈmærɪ) /


archaic an exclamation of surprise, anger, etc

Word Origin for marry

C14: euphemistic for the Virgin Mary
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