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.

Origin of matrimony

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