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mat·ri·mo·ny

 (măt′rə-mō′nē)
n. pl. mat·ri·mo·nies
The act or state of being married; marriage.

[Middle English, from Old French matrimoine, from Latin mātrimōnium, from māter, mātr-, mother; see māter- in Indo-European roots.]

mat′ri·mo′ni·al adj.
mat′ri·mo′ni·al·ly adv.

matrimony

(ˈmætrɪmənɪ)
n, pl -nies
1. the state or condition of being married
2. the ceremony or sacrament of marriage
3. (Card Games)
a. a card game in which the king and queen together are a winning combination
b. such a combination
[C14: via Norman French from Latin mātrimōnium wedlock, from māter mother]

mat•ri•mo•ny

(ˈmæ trəˌmoʊ ni)

n., pl. -nies.
1. the state of being married; marriage.
2. the rite, ceremony, or sacrament of marriage.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin mātrimōnium wedlock. See matri-, -mony]

matrimony

- From Latin matrimonium, "state of being married," from mater, "mother," and monium, "-mony" (state, condition).
See also related terms for married.

matrimony

the act or state of marriage; married life. — matrimonial, adj.
See also: Marriage
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.matrimony - the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)matrimony - the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
marital status - the condition of being married or unmarried
bigamy - having two spouses at the same time
common-law marriage - a marriage relationship created by agreement and cohabitation rather than by ceremony
endogamy, inmarriage, intermarriage - marriage within one's own tribe or group as required by custom or law
exogamy, intermarriage - marriage to a person belonging to a tribe or group other than your own as required by custom or law
marriage of convenience - a marriage for expediency rather than love
misalliance - an unsuitable alliance (especially with regard to marriage)
monandry - the state of having only one husband at a time
monogamousness, monogamy - having only one spouse at a time
open marriage - a marriage in which each partner is free to enter into extraneous sexual relationships without guilt or jealousy from the other
cuckoldom - the state of a husband whose wife has committed adultery
polygamy - having more than one spouse at a time
sigeh - a Shiite tradition of temporary marriage permitted in Iran that allows a couple to specify the terms of their relationship; can last from a few minutes to 99 years; "sigeh legally wraps premarital sex in an Islamic cloak"
2.matrimony - the ceremony or sacrament of marriage
sacrament - a formal religious ceremony conferring a specific grace on those who receive it; the two Protestant ceremonies are baptism and the Lord's Supper; in the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church there are seven traditional rites accepted as instituted by Jesus: baptism and confirmation and Holy Eucharist and penance and holy orders and matrimony and extreme unction

matrimony

noun marriage, nuptials, wedlock, wedding ceremony, marital rites the bonds of matrimony

matrimony

noun
The state of being united as husband and wife:
Translations
زَواج، قِران
stav manželský
ægteskab
hjónaband
laulība
stav manželský

matrimony

[ˈmætrɪmənɪ] Nmatrimonio m

matrimony

[ˈmætrɪməni] nmariage m

matrimony

n (form)Ehe f; to enter into holy matrimonyin den heiligen Stand der Ehe treten

matrimony

[ˈmætrɪmnɪ] nmatrimonio

matrimony

(ˈmӕtriməni) , ((American) —mouni) noun
the state of being married. holy matrimony.
ˌmatriˈmonial (-ˈmou-) adjective
References in classic literature ?
This may certify, that I joined together in holy matrimony Frederick Johnson+ and Anna Murray, as man and wife, in the presence of Mr.
Her sister, though comparatively but little removed by matrimony, being settled in London, only sixteen miles off, was much beyond her daily reach; and many a long October and November evening must be struggled through at Hartfield, before Christmas brought the next visit from Isabella and her husband, and their little children, to fill the house, and give her pleasant society again.
Perhaps," said Elinor, "thirty-five and seventeen had better not have any thing to do with matrimony together.
No question about his right: but have you never observed that, of all the tales told here about matrimony, Mr.
He stood aloof, because he wished to avoid suggesting himself as a subject for the Squire's fatherly jokes in connection with matrimony and Miss Nancy Lammeter's beauty, which were likely to become more and more explicit.
I married in an insane fit of belief that I had a share of the natural affection which carries other men through lifetimes of matrimony.
However much I may have objected to matrimony formerly, the sight of this lovely girl has overcome all my prejudices, and I will gratefully receive her from your hands.
To proceed; you must know that though the uncle put before his niece and described to her the qualities of each one in particular of the many who had asked her in marriage, begging her to marry and make a choice according to her own taste, she never gave any other answer than that she had no desire to marry just yet, and that being so young she did not think herself fit to bear the burden of matrimony.
With an instinctive hatred of matrimony, she suffered Andrea's attentions in order to get rid of Morcerf; but when Andrea urged his suit, she betrayed an entire dislike to him.
You are always jealous and hate seeing a goddess take a fancy to a mortal man, and live with him in open matrimony.
A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment.
Lo, here stand the Lord and Lady of the May, whom I, a clerk of Oxford, and high priest of Merry Mount, am presently to join in holy matrimony.