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marriagenoun

uk   /ˈmær.ɪdʒ/  us   /ˈmer.ɪdʒ/
  • marriage noun (TWO PEOPLE)

B1 [C or U] a ​legallyacceptedrelationship between two ​people in which they ​live together, or the ​officialceremony that ​results in this: They had a ​long and happy marriage. She went to ​live in another ​state after the ​break-up of her marriage. She has two ​daughters by her first marriage. the marriage ​ceremony
marriage of convenience
a marriage in which the ​partners have ​married, not because they ​love each other, but in ​order to get an ​advantage, such as the ​right to ​live in the other partner's ​country

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marriagenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈmær·ɪdʒ/
a ​legallyacceptedrelationship between a man and a woman in which they ​live as ​husband and ​wife, or the ​officialceremony which ​results in this: [C] a ​long and ​happy marriage
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