English - Etymology
From Middle English, from Old French mariage, from marier (“to marry”), from Latin marito (“to marry”, literally “give in marriage”), from maritus (“lover”, “nuptial”), from mas (“male, masculine, of the male sex”). Equivalent to marry + -age.
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
- The state of being married. [from 14th c.]
A union of two or more people that creates a family tie and carries legal and/or social rights and responsibilities. [from 14th c.]
- 1944, Tiaki Hikawera Mitira, Takitimu, page 123:
- 1990, John Stevens, Lust for enlightenment: Buddhism and sex:
- 1995, Edith Deen, All of the women of the Bible, page 275:
- 2009, Charles Zastrow, Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Empowering People (ISBN 0495809527), page 30:
(often specifically) The union of any two people, to the exclusion of all others.
- "I have a patient right now whose marriage proved to be a tragedy. She wanted love, sexual gratification, children, and social prestige; but life blasted all her hopes. Her husband didn't love her. He refused even to eat with her, and forced her to serve his meals in his room upstairs. She had no children, no social standing. She went insane; and, in her imagination, she divorced her husband and resumed her maiden name. She now believes she has married into the English aristocracy, and she insists on being called Lady Smith.
- (sometimes specifically) The union of one man and one woman, to the exclusion of all others.
- A wedding; a ceremony in which people wed. [from 14th c.]
(figuratively) A close union. [from 15th c.]
- 2000, Edmund E. Jacobitti, The Classical Heritage in Machiavelli's Histories, in The comedy and tragedy of Machiavelli: essays on the literary works (edited by Vickie B. Sullivan), page 181:
- 2003, Paul Mattick, Art in its time: theories and practices of modern aesthetics, page 105:
- 2006 August 9, Amy Scattergood, A wild dream in the wild, published in the Los Angeles Times, republished in 2009 in The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook: A Year in the Life of a Restaurant (by Michelle and Phillip Wojtowicz and Michael Gilson with Catherine Price), on the cover:
- A joining of two parts.
- (card games) A king and a queen, when held as a hand in Texas hold 'em or melded in pinochle.
- (card games) In solitaire or patience games, the placing a card of the same suit on the next one above or below it in value.
English - References
- ^ “marriage” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
- ^ “marriage” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 “marriage” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
- ^ http://www.myetymology.com/denglish/marriage.html
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "marriage" - Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, accessed on 2012-04-11