matrimony

[ ma-truh-moh-nee ]
/ ˈmæ trəˌmoʊ ni /

noun, plural mat·ri·mo·nies for 2.

the state of being married; marriage: He was married in 1870 and lived in matrimony 12 years.
the rite, ceremony, or sacrament of marriage: The priest has united them in the bonds of holy matrimony.

Nearby words

  1. matrilineage,
  2. matrilineal,
  3. matriliny,
  4. matrilocal,
  5. matrimonial,
  6. matrimony vine,
  7. matripotestal,
  8. matrix,
  9. matrix band,
  10. matrix bar code

Origin of matrimony

1250–1300; Middle English < Latin mātrimōnium wedlock. See matri-, -mony

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British Dictionary definitions for matrimony

matrimony

/ (ˈmætrɪmənɪ) /

noun plural -nies

the state or condition of being married
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

matrimony

n.

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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