- Also called opposite-sex marriage . the form of this institution under which a man and a woman have established their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc.See also traditional marriage (def. 2).
- this institution expanded to include two partners of the same gender, as in same-sex marriage; gay marriage.
OTHER WORDS FOR marriage
Origin of marriage
synonym study for marriage
historical usage of marriage
Multiple wives, for example, proliferate in the Bible. King Solomon famously had 700, although most were apparently instruments of political alliance rather than participants in royal romance. (For that, he had 300 concubines.)
Marriage can be sanctioned legally or religiously, and typically confers upon married people a special legal status with particular rights, benefits, and obligations. Access to this special status has changed over time. For example, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage as recently as 1967, while same-sex marriage, which for some time had been banned in many states or ignored in others, was in 2015 ruled a constitutional right for all Americans.
Marriage as the union of one man and one woman is the most common definition of the term in the Western world today—this in spite of the prevalence on the one hand of divorce (enabling people to marry several different partners in sequence), and on the other, of an increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage. And as society becomes more inclusive, it is likely that “equal protection under the law” will be fully applied to same-sex couples.
In crafting definitions for a word that represents an institution that is rapidly evolving, the dictionary may well have to keep adding, changing, and reordering senses, splitting or combining them as the institution changes. Inevitably, those who want to preserve what they cherish as traditional values will resist new definitions, while those who anticipate, welcome, and fight for societal change will be impatient when new definitions do not appear as quickly as they would wish. But we should all remember that while it is not the job of a dictionary to drive social change, it is inevitable that it will reflect such change.
OTHER WORDS FROM marriage
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH marriagemarriage , wedding (see synonym study at the current entry)
Quotations related to marriage
- "[A] number of courts have concluded that laws denying the benefits of marriage to same-sex couples violate the principles of equality established in their state constitutions. "-Jeffrey M. Shaman Equality and Liberty in the Golden Age of State Constitutional Law (2008)
- "Do you think marriages between gay and lesbian couples should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages? "-posted by CNN Political Unit CNN Poll: Americans' attitudes toward gay community changing politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com (May 29-31, 2012)
- "Is there any word currently more contested in our culture than marriage?…When definitions are at stake, as in the marriage debates, the dictionary can become a political football.…But are dictionaries really ‘our sources for what words mean’? That imparts a social power to lexicographers that they themselves would likely disavow: To them, dictionaries merely reflect common usage. "-Ben Zimmer The fight over defining marriage, literally: Can you change the world by changing the dictionary? The Boston Globe (June 10, 2012)
- "There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. "-Martin Luther (1566) quoted in Random House Webster's Quotationary (1999)
- "The ideal that marriage aims at is that of spiritual union through the physical. The human love that it incarnates is intended to serve as a stepping stone to divine or universal love. "-Mohandas K. Gandhi (1931) quoted in Random House Webster's Quotationary (1999)
- "I, [name], take you, [name], for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part. "The Catholic Rite of Marriage
- "Let me not to the marriage of true minds / Admit impediments. Love is not love / Which alters when it alteration finds, / Or bends with the remover to remove. "-William Shakespeare Sonnet 116 (first published in 1609)
- "[Nobel laureate Wislawa] Szymborska’s poems are intimate, while [Jenny] Holzer’s light show is grandly public. The unlikely marriage of opposites gives the poems a terrific urgency and fills the big hall with infectious mental energy. "-Ken Johnson Jenny Holzer Makes Light of Poems and Beats Swords Into Paintings The New York Times (December 26, 2007)
How to use marriage in a sentence
It’s the marriage of what I was trained to do with what I had not set out to do.How to make dal makhani, the most luxurious and creamy dal of all|Joe Yonan|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
From her own pregnancy woes to her being in an abusive marriage, while her husband was also unemployed, Janet’s demeanor on set understandably changed.7 Things We Learned From the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Reunion|cmurray|November 20, 2020|Essence.com
Rather, she constructs a suspenseful and moving story about the way grief viciously recalibrates a marriage.
She had gotten into a fight with her husband, Jared, and though they had never spent more than a few nights apart during their nine-and-a-half-year marriage, they both needed space.She fell into QAnon and went viral for destroying a Target mask display. Now she’s rebuilding her life.|Travis Andrews|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
Monogamy, by Sue MillerAnnie and Graham, the protagonists in Sue Miller’s latest novel, have had a long and mostly happy marriage.After losing two loved ones to covid-19, I turned to books. Here are 15 titles that helped me cope.|Zibby Owens|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
That put the story of the divorce and remarriage on the front page, and Goldwater won the primary by a 51-49 percent margin.
We are doing it for our own benefit too," before adding, "I don't rule remarriage out and I certainly don't rule it in.Let's Revisit the Interview in Which Andrew Says He Might Remarry Fergie|Tom Sykes|September 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Fergie did nothing to quash rumors of remarriage when asked about the controversial subject this weekend, reports Tom Sykes.Fergie Remarriage Rumors Heat Up as She Says, ‘Andrew Will Always Be My Prince!’|Tom Sykes|September 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Any remarriage would be unlikely in the extreme while the patriarch still has breath in his body.Report: Fergie and Prince Andrew Planning to RE-MARRY!!|Tom Sykes|August 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It lies in respectful separation—not in an endless remarriage where core collective identities will be forever challenged.
(a) Emotional Disturbances that have arisen out of a divorce, separation, or remarriage.Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents|Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
At the present time, the whole of orthodox India is shaken by the struggle in favor of the remarriage of widows.
This verse shows that during the Vedic period the remarriage of widows was allowed.
It is the quarrels and estrangements which are the real disgrace in cases of separation and remarriage.Happiness and Marriage|Elizabeth (Jones) Towne
My dear madam, while divorce of any kind impairs the integrity of the family, divorce with remarriage destroys it root and branch.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
British Dictionary definitions for marriage
- the legal union or contract made by two people to live together
- (as modifier)marriage licence; marriage certificate