Definition of “marriage” - English Dictionary

“marriage” in British English

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uk /ˈmær.ɪdʒ/ us /ˈmer.ɪdʒ/

marriage noun (TWO PEOPLE)

B1 [ C or U ] a legally accepted relationship between two people in which they live together, or the official ceremony 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

More examples

  • They got divorced after only six months of marriage.
  • Their marriage fell apart when she found out about her husband's affair.
  • Sex before marriage is strongly disapproved of in some cultures.
  • In true Hollywood style , she's had four marriages and three face-lifts.
  • Their constant arguments were putting a strain on their marriage.

(Definition of “marriage” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“marriage” in American English

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marriagenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈmær·ɪdʒ/

a legally accepted relationship between a man and a woman in which they live as husband and wife, or the official ceremony which results in this:

[ C ] a long and happy marriage

(Definition of “marriage” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)