American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife.
- n. The state of being married; wedlock.
- n. A common-law marriage.
- n. A union between two persons having the customary but usually not the legal force of marriage: a same-sex marriage.
- n. A wedding.
- n. A close union: "the most successful marriage of beauty and blood in mainstream comics” ( Lloyd Rose).
- n. Games The combination of the king and queen of the same suit, as in pinochle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The legal union of a man with a woman for life; the state or condition of being married; the legal relation of spouses to each other; wedlock. In this sense marriage is a status or condition which, though originating in a contract, is not capable of being terminated by the parties' rescission of the contract, because the interests of the state and of children require the affixing of certain permanent duties and obligations upon the parties.
- n. The formal declaration or contract by which act a man and a woman join in wedlock. In this sense marriage is a civil contract, implying the free and intelligent mutual consent of competent persons to take each other, as a present act, as husband and wife; and according to the modern and most prevalent view no formalities other than such as the law of the jurisdiction may expressly impose are necessary to prevent either from subsequently repudiating the other or denying the legitimacy of their issue. The formalities provided for by the law of some of the United States are optional, being intended chiefly to enable the parties to preserve authentic evidence of the contract. When a man and a woman live and cohabit together, and conduct themselves as man and wife in the society and neighborhood of which they are members, till the belief and reputation that they are married become general, their marriage is presumed, without other evidence, for purposes of enforcing rights and liabilities of third persons.
- n. The celebration of a marriage; a wedding.
- n. A marriage vow or contract.
- n. Intimate union; a joining as if in marriage. The figure is used in the Bible to represent the close union of God or Christ and the chosen people or church. See Isa. liv.
5; Hos. ii. 19, 20.
- n. In various card-games, as bezique, the possession in one hand of the king and queen.
- n. A marriage itself.
- n. Same as marriage articles.
- n. A joining of two parts.
- n. poker slang A king and a queen, when held as a hand in Texas hold 'em and some other card games.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of marrying, or the state of being married; legal union of a man and a woman for life, as husband and wife; wedlock; matrimony.
- n. obsolete The marriage vow or contract.
- n. A feast made on the occasion of a marriage.
- n. Any intimate or close union.
- n. In pinochle, bézique, and similar games at cards, the combination of a king and queen of the same suit. If of the trump suit, it is called a royal marriage.
- n. the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony
- n. two people who are married to each other
- n. a close and intimate union
- n. the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)
- From Old French mariage, from marier ("to marry"), from Latin marito ("to marry", literally “give in marriage"), from maritus ("lover", "nuptial"), from mas ("male", "masculine", "of the male sex"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English mariage, from Old French, from marier, to marry; see marry1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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_.”
“But marriage, _marriage_, Emily -- why in Heaven's name should they be in such a hurry?”
“The Queen, writing to her Uncle Leopold in this the twenty-first year of their marriage, says: "_Very_ few can say with me that their husband at the end of twenty-one years is _not_ only full of the friendship, kindness, and affection which a truly happy marriage brings with it, but the same tender love of the _very first days of our marriage_!”
“Secondly, that in heaven they are not given in marriage, he taught by these words, "_Those who shall be accounted worthy to attain to another generation, neither marry nor are given in marriage_.”
“If Hawaiians consider civil unions to be marriage by another name, why don't they just go ahead and call it what it is. *marriage*”
“Fritz: I want to completely get government out of the marriage business, but I do not think that "opp osed to same-sex marriage 8221; is sufficient for" vic ious and homopho ...”
“An Act for registering births, deaths and marriages in Scotland," by the said parties appearing in presence of the registrar, and then and there signing before witnesses the entry of their marriage in the register, and having the same otherwise registered in the manner provided by the said act, in the case of the registration of marriages by the parties themselves contracting marriage; _upon which registration only_ the marriage shall be held to be contracted or valid or effectual to any effect or purpose whatever; and it is hereby declared that _such registration shall of itself constitute marriage_, and such parties shall thereafter be held and deemed to be married parties to all effects and purposes whatever.”
“Spiritual nuptials mean conjunction with the Lord, which is effected on earth; and when it is effected on earth, it is also effected in the heavens; therefore in the heavens there is no repetition of nuptials, nor are they again given in marriage: this is also meant by these words, "_The sons of this generation marry and are given in marriage; but those who are accounted worthy to attain to another generation, neither marry nor are given in marriage_".”
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