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civil marriage

noun
1.
a marriage performed by a government official, as distinguished from a member of the clergy.
Also called civil union.
Origin of civil marriage
1890-1895
1890-95
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  • The civil marriage takes place either the day before or early on the same day as the religious ceremony.

    Home Life in Germany Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • In England, possibly, a civil marriage might have been proposed to the poor girl.

  • civil marriage, where the church is supreme, is followed by excommunication and odious insults.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • In Paris a civil marriage before the mayor of the district is necessary.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • Clergymen and qualified public officials were swamped with requests for religious and civil marriage ceremonies.

    Mate in Two Moves Winston Marks
British Dictionary definitions for civil marriage

civil marriage

noun
1.
(law) a marriage performed by some official other than a clergyman
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