from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or state of being married; marriage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. marriage or the state of being married
  • n. the marriage ceremony

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The union of man and woman as husband and wife; the nuptial state; marriage; wedlock.
  • n. A kind of game at cards played by several persons.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The relation of husband and wife, with especial reference to what concerns the latter; the state of marriage or wedlock; nuptial union; conjugal partnership.
  • n. The act of marriage; entrance upon the married state by a formal ceremony or procedure: as, the solemnization of matrimony by a clergyman. In the Roman Catholic Church matrimony is regarded as one of the sacraments.
  • n. Wife.
  • n. A game with cards.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)
  • n. the ceremony or sacrament of marriage


Middle English, from Old French matrimoine, from Latin mātrimōnium, from māter, mātr-, mother; see māter- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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