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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
1890-1895
1890-95
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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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