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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 ?
Women with child should also take care that their diet is not too sparing, and that they use sufficient exercise; which it will be easy for the legislator to effect if he commands them once every day to repair to the worship of the gods who are supposed to preside over matrimony.
Perhaps," said Elinor, "thirty-five and seventeen had better not have any thing to do with matrimony together.
Mainwaring is more devoted to me than ever; and were we at liberty, I doubt if I could resist even matrimony offered by HIM.
My reasons for marrying are, first, that I think it a right thing for every clergyman in easy circumstances (like myself) to set the example of matrimony in his parish; secondly, that I am convinced that it will add very greatly to my happiness; and thirdly--which perhaps I ought to have mentioned earlier, that it is the particular advice and recommendation of the very noble lady whom I have the honour of calling patroness.
Idleness and ease, it is said, lead to love, and love to matrimony, in civilized life, and the same process takes place in the wilderness.
that the state of things was altered as to matrimony, and that I was not to expect at London what I had found in the country: that marriages were here the consequences of politic schemes for forming interests, and carrying on business, and that Love had no share, or but very little, in the matter.
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.
A more determined enemy of matrimony than you I never saw," said Sergey Ivanovitch.
Tupman squeezing her hand under the table, she brightened up too, and looked rather knowing, as if matrimony in reality were not quite so far off as some people thought for; whereupon everybody laughed again, and especially old Mr.
The explanation of the intent of matrimony was gone through; and then the clergyman came a step further forward, and, bending slightly towards Mr.
This was owing either to his religion, as is most probable, or to the purity of his passion, which was fixed on those things which matrimony only, and not criminal correspondence, could put him in possession of, or could give him any title to.
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.