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Etymology

Middle English mariage, from Old French mariage, from marier “to marry”, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] maritare “to marry”, literally “give a husband to”, from maritus “married man, husband”, derived probably from Proto-Indo-European *mari-, perhaps a feminine stem of *mer-yo- “young man or young woman” (hence *mari-to- “given a wife”), if not somehow connected with mas “male” (stem mar-).

Pronunciation

enPR IPA SAMPA
RP ʹmărĭj /ˈmæɹɪdʒ/ /"m{r\IdZ/
GenAm ʹmărəj /ˈmæɹədʒ/ /"m{r\@dZ/

Noun

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marriage

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  1. The state of being married.
    • Note: For a detailed discussion of marriage as an institution, with its traditions, its norms, and the accompanying legal rights and obligations, please consult the Wikipedia article on marriage.
  2. The union of two people, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
  3. A wedding.
    Example:
    • You are cordially invited to the marriage of James Smith and Jane Doe.
  4. A close union.
  5. A joining of two parts.
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