from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Suitable for marriage: of marriageable age.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. suitable for marriage; nubile
- n. One who is suitable for marriage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Fit for, or capable of, marriage; of an age at which marriage is allowable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of marrying; fit or competent to marry; of an age suitable for marriage: as, a marriageable man or woman; a person of marriageable age or condition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of girls or women who are eligible to marry
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And in Mauritania, the age-old practice of force-feeding young girls-a life-threatening process that is intended to make them round and therefore "marriageable" - has seen a renaissance.
"The blonde guy shooed her nubile fingers from his manhood." nubile 1642, "marriageable" (said of a woman), from Fr. nubile, from L. nubilis "marriageable," from stem of nubere "take as husband."
The painful tradition, seen as controlling female sexuality and making a girl more "marriageable", involves cutting off the clitoris and other parts of the genitalia in girls and teenagers.
The more modern system, which separates the sexes while infants, and never suffers them to come together again until they are "marriageable," was not then introduced; and we think it would have been no great misfortune to the country had it remained in Spain, whence it would seem to have been imported.
It is anyone's guess how possessive she would feel when they reach the 'marriageable' age but how does she takes care of the parenting part while busy on a shoot?
Religious customs play a part, but all over Africa, girls are routinely mutilated so they will be "marriageable", and wherever dowries are legal, they are sold into arranged marriages, traded for cows, whatever.
Mortality, incarceration and unemployment -- compounded by the statistically rare but symbolically damning greater tendency for Black men than women to marry Whites - leave not enough "marriageable" Black men, especially in urban areas where segregation further limits cross-racial social interaction.
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting FGM/C is usually carried out between infancy and 15 years of age to keep women "pure," marriageable and unable to enjoy sex.
Marilyn sez, The Wall Street Journal reports on the overabundance of Chinese men of marriageable age (currently 32 million more men than women, roughly the population of Canada).
Approximately 750,000 men of marriageable age were killed in the war, and about 1,350,000 came home seriously wounded and shell-shocked.