Definition of Gretna Green noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Gretna Green

BrE BrE//ˌɡretnə ˈɡriːn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɡretnə ˈɡriːn//
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a village in Scotland near the border with England, famous in the past as a place where English couples used to go to get married when they were not allowed to get married in England Culture The Scottish laws concerning marriage were much less strict, and many couples were married by the Gretna Green blacksmith (= a person whose job is making things out of iron). These marriages were made illegal in Scotland in 1940.