noun Etymology: Middle English mariage, from Anglo-French, from marier to marry Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage <
same-sex marriage
b. the mutual relation of married persons ; wedlock c. the institution whereby individuals are joined in a marriage 2. an act of marrying or the rite by which the married status is effected; especially the wedding ceremony and attendant festivities or formalities 3. an intimate or close union <
the marriage of painting and poetry — J. T. Shawcross

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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