marriage: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (mar'ij), [key]
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
- the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc.
- the state, condition, or relationship of being married; wedlock: a happy marriage.
- the legal or religious ceremony that formalizes the decision of a man and woman to live as husband and wife, including the accompanying social festivities: to officiate at a marriage.
- a relationship in which two people have pledged themselves to each other in the manner of a husband and wife, without legal sanction: trial marriage; homosexual marriage.
- any close or intimate association or union: the marriage of words and music in a hit song.
- a formal agreement between two companies or enterprises to combine operations, resources, etc., for mutual benefit; merger.
- a blending or matching of different elements or components: The new lipstick is a beautiful marriage of fragrance and texture.
- a meld of the king and queen of a suit, as in pinochle. Cf.
- a piece of antique furniture assembled from components of two or more authentic pieces.
- the formal declaration or contract by which act a man and a woman join in wedlock.