marriage has definitions from the fields of sociology,law
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[ noun ] (law,sociology) the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)

Examples

"a long and happy marriage" "God bless this union"

Used in print

(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)

But marriage experts say that such mutual contribution and mutual joy are seldom achieved .

In a growing number of American homes , marriage counselors report , the wife is taking a commanding role in sexual_relationships .

Yet many psychologists and marriage counselors agree that domination of the sex relationship by one partner or the other can be unhealthy and even dangerous .

More typical is the case of a suburban Long_Island housewife described by a marriage counselor .

The wife is likely to be young , sophisticated , smart_as_a_whip - often a girl who has sacrificed a promising career for marriage .

2
[ noun ] (sociology) two people who are married to each other

Examples

"his second marriage was happier than the first" "a married couple without love"

Used in print

(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)

But there is little doubt that in many marriages the wife is boss of the marital bed .

Of_course , there remain many `` old-fashioned '' marriages in which the husband maintains his supremacy .

Yet even in these marriages , psychologists say , wives are asserting themselves more strongly .

`` It reflects what is going_on in other areas of the marriage and in society itself .

It can , in_fact , wreck a marriage .

Related terms

family mixed_marriage spouse

3
[ noun ] the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony

Examples

"their marriage was conducted in the chapel"

Used in print

(David Boroff, "Jewish Teen-Age Culture"...)

There are boxed proclamations in the newspaper of watchings , pinnings , ringings , engagements , and marriages in a scrupulously graded hierarchy of felicity .

(Randall Stewart, "A Little History, a Little Honesty: A...)

A friend of mine in New_Mexico said the Court_order had caused no particular trouble out there , that all had gone as merry as a marriage bell .

4
[ noun ] a close and intimate union

Examples

"the marriage of music and dance" "a marriage of ideas"

Related terms

union

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