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nearlywed

[ neer-lee-wed ]

noun

  1. a person who lives with another in a life partnership, sometimes engaged with no planned wedding date, sometimes with no intention of ever marrying:

    We’ve been nearlyweds for eight wonderful years, with our third child on the way.

  2. a person whose wedding day is very soon to occur:

    Just two days from the big event, this is one nearlywed who isn’t feeling a smidgen of cold feet.



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Word History and Origins

Origin of nearlywed1

First recorded in 1955–60; nearly ( def ) + wed ( def ); modeled on newlywed ( def )

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