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a. The act of marrying.
b. The ceremony or celebration of a marriage.
2. The anniversary of a marriage: a silver wedding.
3. The act or an instance of joining closely: a wedding of ideas.


a. the act of marrying or the celebration of a marriage
b. (as modifier): wedding day.
2. the anniversary of a marriage (in such combinations as silver wedding or diamond wedding)
3. the combination or blending of two separate elements


(ˈwɛd ɪŋ)

1. the act or ceremony of marrying; marriage; nuptials.
2. the anniversary of a marriage, or its celebration: They observed their silver wedding.
3. an act or instance of blending or joining.
4. of or pertaining to a wedding.
[before 900]


  • epithalamium - A poem written to celebrate a wedding.
  • confetti - It is the plural of Italian confetto, "small sweet," as it was originally real or imitation bon-bons thrown during a carnival or after a wedding.
  • morganatic - A survival of an ancient Germanic marriage custom, a gift on the morning after the wedding from husband to wife called morgangeba, "morning" and "give"; it now describes a marriage between people of different social status, especially a man of superior rank and woman of inferior rank.
  • nuptial - From Latin nuptiae, "wedding," from nubere, "to marry."


1. 'marriage'

Marriage refers to the state of being married, or to the relationship between a husband and wife.

I wasn't interested in marriage or children.
They have a very happy marriage.

You can also use marriage to refer to the act of getting married.

Her family did not approve of her marriage to David.
2. 'wedding'

You don't usually use 'marriage' to refer to the ceremony in which two people get married. Use wedding.

He was not invited to the wedding.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performedwedding - the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed
ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance - a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor" - the act of marryingwedding - the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony; "their marriage was conducted in the chapel"
ritual, rite - any customary observance or practice
bridal, espousal - archaic terms for a wedding or wedding feast
civil marriage - a marriage performed by a government official rather than by a clergyman
love match - a marriage for love's sake; not an arranged marriage
remarriage - the act of marrying again - a party of people at a weddingwedding - a party of people at a wedding  
party - a group of people gathered together for pleasure; "she joined the party after dinner"
best man - the principal groomsman at a wedding
bride - a woman participant in her own marriage ceremony
bridesmaid, maid of honor - an unmarried woman who attends the bride at a wedding
flower girl - a young girl who carries flowers in a (wedding) procession
groom, bridegroom - a man participant in his own marriage ceremony
groomsman - a male attendant of the bridegroom at a wedding
trainbearer - one who holds up the train of a gown or robe on a ceremonial occasion


noun marriage, nuptials, wedding ceremony, marriage ceremony, marriage service, wedding service, nuptial rite, espousals A lot of women only marry in church for the traditional white wedding.


The act or ceremony by which two people become husband and wife:
bridal, espousal, marriage, nuptial (often used in plural), spousal (often used in plural).
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A. Nboda f, casamiento m
silver/ruby weddingbodas de plata/de rubí
to have a church weddingcasarse por la iglesia
civil weddingboda f civil
to have a civil weddingcasarse por lo civil
to have a quiet weddingcasarse en la intimidad
B. CPD wedding anniversary Naniversario m de boda
wedding band N = wedding ring wedding breakfast N (frm) → banquete m de bodas
wedding cake Ntarta f or pastel m de boda
wedding day Ndía m de la boda
on her wedding dayel día de su boda
wedding dress Ntraje m de novia
wedding invitation Ninvitación f de boda
wedding march Nmarcha f nupcial
wedding night Nnoche f de bodas
wedding present Nregalo m de boda
wedding reception Nbanquete m de bodas
wedding ring Nalianza f, anillo m de boda
wedding service Nboda f, ceremonia f nupcial BEST MAN


[ˈwɛdɪŋ] nmariage mwedding anniversary nanniversaire m de mariage
golden wedding anniversary → noces fpl d'orwedding band nalliance fwedding banquet nrepas m de noceswedding cake ngâteau m de mariagewedding day njour m du mariage
their wedding day → le jour de leur mariagewedding dress nrobe f de mariéewedding feast nbanquet m de mariagewedding present ncadeau m de mariagewedding reception nréception f de mariagewedding ring nalliance f


(= ceremony)Trauung f; (= ceremony and festivities)Hochzeit f, → Vermählung f (form); (= silver, golden wedding etc)Hochzeit f; to have a registry office (Brit) /church weddingsich standesamtlich/kirchlich trauen lassen, standesamtlich/kirchlich heiraten; when’s the wedding?wann ist die Hochzeit?, wann wird geheiratet?; to have a quiet weddingin aller Stille heiraten; to go to a weddingzu einer or auf eine Hochzeit gehen
(fig)Verbindung f


in cpdsHochzeits-;
wedding anniversary
nHochzeitstag m
wedding band
nEhering m
wedding breakfast
wedding cake
nHochzeitskuchen m
wedding card
nHochzeitskarte f
wedding day
nHochzeitstag m
wedding dress
nBrautkleid nt, → Hochzeitskleid nt
wedding guest
wedding march
nHochzeitsmarsch m
wedding night
wedding present
wedding reception
nHochzeitsempfang m
wedding ring
nTrauring m, → Ehering m
wedding vows
plEhegelübde nt, → Eheversprechen nt


1. nmatrimonio, nozze fpl
silver/golden wedding → nozze fpl d'argento/d'oro
to have a church wedding → sposarsi in chiesa
2. adj (cake, dress, reception) → nuziale


(wed) past tense, past participles ˈwedded, ~wed verb
to marry.
ˈwedding noun
a marriage ceremony. The wedding will take place on Saturday; (also adjective) a wedding-cake; her wedding-day; a wedding-ring.


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