[ wed-ing ]
/ ˈwɛd ɪŋ /


the act or ceremony of marrying; marriage; nuptials.
the anniversary of a marriage, or its celebration: They invited guests to their silver wedding.
the act or an instance of blending or joining, especially opposite or contrasting elements: a perfect wedding of conservatism and liberalism.
Business Slang. a merger.


of or relating to a wedding: the wedding ceremony; a wedding dress.

Origin of wedding

before 900; Middle English; Old English weddung. See wed, -ing1


marriage wedding (see synonym study at marriage)

synonym study for wedding

1. See marriage.

Definition for wedding (2 of 2)

[ wed ]
/ wɛd /

verb (used with object), wed·ded or wed, wed·ding.

to marry (another person) in a formal ceremony.
to unite (a couple) in marriage or wedlock; marry.
to bind by close or lasting ties; attach firmly: She wedded herself to the cause of the poor.
to blend together or unite inseparably: a novel that weds style and content perfectly.

verb (used without object), wed·ded or wed, wed·ding.

to contract marriage; marry.
to become united or to blend: a building that will wed with the landscape.

Origin of wed

before 900; Middle English wedde, Old English weddian to pledge; cognate with German wetten to bet, Old Norse vethja to pledge


in·ter·wed, verb (used without object), in·ter·wed or in·ter·wed·ded, in·ter·wed··wed, verb, re·wed·ded, re·wed·ding.un·wed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for wedding (1 of 2)

/ (ˈwɛdɪŋ) /


  1. the act of marrying or the celebration of a marriage
  2. (as modifier)wedding day
the anniversary of a marriage (in such combinations as silver wedding or diamond wedding)
the combination or blending of two separate elements

British Dictionary definitions for wedding (2 of 2)

/ (wɛd) /

verb weds, wedding, wedded or wed

to take (a person of the opposite sex) as a husband or wife; marry
(tr) to join (two people) in matrimony
(tr) to unite closely

Word Origin for wed

Old English weddian; related to Old Frisian weddia, Old Norse vethja, Gothic wadi pledge
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Idioms and Phrases with wedding


see shotgun wedding.

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