- 1[countable] the legal relationship between a husband and wife a happy/unhappy marriage All of her children's marriages ended in divorce. an arranged marriage (= one in which the parents choose a husband or wife for their child) She has two children by a previous marriage. This is his second marriage. see also mixed
- 2[uncountable] the state of being married They don't believe in marriage. My parents are celebrating 30 years of marriage.
- 3[countable] the ceremony in which two people become husband and wife Their marriage took place in a local church. Wedding is more common in this meaning. Word Familymarry verbmarriage nounmarried adjective (≠unmarried)Idioms
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when someone is related to you by marriage, they are married to someone in your family, or you are married to someone in their family Jane and I are related by marriage.
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permission to marry someone, especially a woman He asked the general for his daughter's hand in marriage.
somebody's hand (in marriage)(old-fashioned)jump to other results