[mar-i-juh-buh l]


suitable or attractive for marriage: The handsome and successful young man was considered eminently marriageable.
of an age suitable for marriage: a marriageable daughter.

Origin of marriageable

First recorded in 1545–55; marriage + -able
Related formsmar·riage·a·bil·i·ty, mar·riage·a·ble·ness, nounnon·mar·riage·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·mar·riage·a·ble, adjectiveun·mar·riage·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unmarriageable

Contemporary Examples of unmarriageable

Historical Examples of unmarriageable

  • Catherine is not unmarriageable, but she is absolutely unattractive.

  • For similar reasons many women, unmarriageable through physical defects, seem to have been placed in nunneries.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony

    William Stearns Davis

  • We extend to Mr. P. our sincere sympathy in the greatest calamity that can befall an unmarriageable man.

  • She is the tallest woman in the room except Lady Delmour's two yards of unmarriageable maypole.

British Dictionary definitions for unmarriageable



(esp of women) suitable for marriage, usually with reference to age
Derived Formsmarriageability or marriageableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unmarriageable



1550s, from marriage + -able. Earlier was mariable (mid-15c.). Related: Marriageability.

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