Definitions

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

  • n. The act of marrying.
  • n. The ceremony or celebration of a marriage.
  • n. The anniversary of a marriage: a silver wedding.
  • n. The act or an instance of joining closely: a wedding of ideas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of wed.
  • n. Marriage ceremony; a ritual officially celebrating the beginning of a marriage.
  • n. Joining of two or more parts.
  • v. To participate in a wedding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Nuptial ceremony; nuptial festivities; marriage; nuptials.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Anniversary of a wedding.
  • n. Marriage; nuptials; nuptial ceremony or festivities, especially the latter: also used attributively: as, wedding cheer.
  • n. Synonyms Nuptials, Matrimony, etc. See marriage.

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

  • n. the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed
  • n. the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony
  • n. a party of people at a wedding

Etymologies

From wed (Wiktionary)
Conversion of wedding (noun) to verb. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Here I am wearing my mother's veil, her dress, one of the fabulous cocktail rings I collected in Italy this past May (I also gave one to each of my bridesmaids!), the pearls Mr. Avocado gave me the morning of our wedding, and the earrings my parents gifted me for the wedding*.

    Weddingbee

  • There Dallas had first staggered across the floor shouting “Dad, ” while May and the nurse laughed behind the door; there their second child, Mary (who was so like her mother), had announced her engagement to the dullest and most reliable of Reggie Chivers’s many sons; and there Archer had kissed her through her wedding veil before they went down to the motor which was to carry them to Grace Church—for in a world where all else had reeled on its foundations the “Grace Church wedding” remained an unchanged institution.

    XXXIV. Book II

  • As the word wedding was believed to be code for an impending al-Qaeda attack, this raised the Lackawanna investigation to a matter that President Bush was now being regularly briefed on.

    The Longest War

  • Aside from giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "wedding bell blues," your situation demonstrates just how tricky taking on debt can be.

    CNN.com

  • The term "wedding", the criminal complaint notes, is code for a terrorist event or attack.

    ABC News: Top Stories

  • Popular phrases and iconic sayings came from this film, like the term wedding crashers itself, which means people who come to weddings uninvited to pick up women and have fun.

    Starpulse Entertainment News

  • People who hop in and out of marriages so quickly, it's like a wedding is the new first date.

    No Less

  • Now that's what we call a wedding with the X-Factor.

    Tyra Banks's novel venture

  • Catherine, thanks for that story - it reinforces something I've been thinking - that the time of a wedding is a very psychically charged atmosphere all the way around.

    There's more going on here...

  • In fact, I was once asked what I thought the most important thing about a wedding is and without stopping to think, I said DJ.

    Peace Corps Bulgaria: Update and Chick Flick

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