[ wed-ing ]
See synonyms for wedding on
  1. the act or ceremony of marrying; marriage; nuptials.

  2. the anniversary of a marriage, or its celebration: They invited guests to their silver wedding.

  1. the act or an instance of blending or joining, especially opposite or contrasting elements: a perfect wedding of conservatism and liberalism.

  2. Business Slang. a merger.

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

Origin of wedding

First recorded before 900; Middle English “matrimony, wedlock, marriage,” Old English weddung “betrothal”; see origin at wed, -ing1

synonym study For wedding

1. See marriage.

Words that may be confused with wedding

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How to use wedding in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for wedding


/ (ˈwɛdɪŋ) /

    • the act of marrying or the celebration of a marriage

    • (as modifier): wedding day

  1. the anniversary of a marriage (in such combinations as silver wedding or diamond wedding)

  1. the combination or blending of two separate elements

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Other Idioms and Phrases with wedding


see shotgun wedding.

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