from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife.
- n. The state of being married; wedlock.
- n. A common-law marriage.
- n. A union between two persons having the customary but usually not the legal force of marriage: a same-sex marriage.
- n. A wedding.
- n. A close union: "the most successful marriage of beauty and blood in mainstream comics” ( Lloyd Rose).
- n. Games The combination of the king and queen of the same suit, as in pinochle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A joining of two parts.
- n. A king and a queen, when held as a hand in Texas hold 'em and some other card games.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of marrying, or the state of being married; legal union of a man and a woman for life, as husband and wife; wedlock; matrimony.
- n. The marriage vow or contract.
- n. A feast made on the occasion of a marriage.
- n. Any intimate or close union.
- n. In pinochle, bézique, and similar games at cards, the combination of a king and queen of the same suit. If of the trump suit, it is called a royal marriage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The legal union of a man with a woman for life; the state or condition of being married; the legal relation of spouses to each other; wedlock.
- n. The formal declaration or contract by which act a man and a woman join in wedlock.
- n. The celebration of a marriage; a wedding.
- n. A marriage vow or contract.
- n. Intimate union; a joining as if in marriage.
- n. In various card-games, as bezique, the possession in one hand of the king and queen.
- n. A marriage itself.
- n. Same as marriage articles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony
- n. two people who are married to each other
- n. a close and intimate union
- n. the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)
Middle English mariage, from Old French, from marier, to marry; see marry1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French mariage, from marier ("to marry"), from Latin marito ("to marry", literally “give in marriage"), from maritus ("lover", "nuptial"), from mas ("male", "masculine", "of the male sex"). (Wiktionary)