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marriage

 
Noun marriage has 4 senses
  1. marriage, matrimony, union, spousal relationship, wedlock - the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"
    --1 is a kind of marital status
    --1 has particulars:
     bigamy; common-law marriage; endogamy, intermarriage, inmarriage; exogamy, intermarriage; marriage of convenience; misalliance; monandry; monogamy, monogamousness; open marriage; polygamy; sigeh
  2. marriage, married couple, man and wife - two people who are married to each other; "his second marriage was happier than the first"; "a married couple without love"
    --2 is a kind of family, family unit
    --2 has members: spouse, partner, married person, mate, better half
    --2 has particulars: mixed marriage
  3. marriage, wedding, marriage ceremony - the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony; "their marriage was conducted in the chapel"
    --3 is a kind of ritual, rite
    --3 has particulars:
     bridal, espousal; civil marriage; love match; remarriage
    Derived forms: verb marry2, verb marry1
  4. marriage - a close and intimate union; "the marriage of music and dance"; "a marriage of ideas"
    --4 is a kind of
    union, unification
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