Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or state of being married; marriage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The relation of husband and wife, with especial reference to what concerns the latter; the state of marriage or wedlock; nuptial union; conjugal partnership.
  • noun The act of marriage; entrance upon the married state by a formal ceremony or procedure: as, the solemnization of matrimony by a clergyman. In the Roman Catholic Church matrimony is regarded as one of the sacraments.
  • noun Wife.
  • noun A game with cards.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The union of man and woman as husband and wife; the nuptial state; marriage; wedlock.
  • noun A kind of game at cards played by several persons.
  • noun (Bot.) a climbing thorny vine (Lycium barbarum) of the Potato family.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun marriage or the state of being married
  • noun the marriage ceremony

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)
  • noun the ceremony or sacrament of marriage

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French matrimoine, from Latin mātrimōnium, from māter, mātr-, mother; see māter- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • After all, fidelity in matrimony is voluntary, too …/sarcasm off

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  • But some clergy had questioned whether church ceremonies - and the term matrimony - should be reserved for heterosexual unions.

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  • But some clergy had questioned whether church ceremonies - and the term matrimony - should be reserved for heterosexual unions.

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  • It had previously said that it was open to registering same-sex unions but wanted to reserve the term matrimony for heterosexual marriages.

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  • Traditional family values, I have taken it to mean, that the holy matrimony is sanctified.

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  • Randy: Traditional family values, I have taken it to mean, that the holy matrimony is sanctified.

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  • Upon my poetical veracity I do not see the strength of your objection, but as matrimony is a very tender subject, as well as a longwinded one, I had better give you Mr Pitt's answer when he did not choose to give any, 'I have not made up my mind.'

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  • Nevertheless, GIs shared with the American home front a remarkable faith in matrimony, looking homeward for the peace, security, and affection they craved.

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  • Funny that this is not analogous to patrimony ;-)

    July 14, 2007