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Definition of "marriage" []

  • The legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife. (noun)
  • The state of being married; wedlock. (noun)
  • A common-law marriage. (noun)
  • A union between two persons having the customary but usually not the legal force of marriage: a same-sex marriage. (noun)
  • A wedding. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "marriage" in a sentence
  • "It seems to me that the debate about gay marriage has been framed in two extremes: either you must accept homosexual unions as *exactly the same as heterosexual marriage* (the liberal position), or rail on about the Evil of the Gay Agenda (the conservative position)."
  • "New Jersey - Chapter 37 - again, assumption of opposite-sex marriage but *no ban on same-sex marriage*."
  • "Now, Montaigne endeavours to apply this thought to the institution of marriage; and he descends, in doing so, to the following irrational argument: -- 'Let us select the most necessary and most useful institution of human society: _it is marriage_."