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noun, plural mat·ri·mo·nies for 2.
  1. the state of being married; marriage: He was married in 1870 and lived in matrimony 12 years.
  2. the rite, ceremony, or sacrament of marriage: The priest has united them in the bonds of holy matrimony.

Origin of matrimony

1250–1300; Middle English < Latin mātrimōnium wedlock. See matri-, -mony Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -nies
  1. the state or condition of being married
  2. the ceremony or sacrament of marriage
    1. a card game in which the king and queen together are a winning combination
    2. such a combination

Word Origin for matrimony

C14: via Norman French from Latin mātrimōnium wedlock, from māter mother
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Word Origin and History for matrimony

c.1300, from Old French matremoine "matrimony, marriage" and directly from Latin matrimonium "wedlock, marriage," from matrem (nominative mater) "mother" (see mother (n.1)) + -monium, suffix signifying "action, state, condition."

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