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[ma-truh-moh-nee-uh l] /ˌmæ trəˈmoʊ ni əl/
of or relating to matrimony; marital; nuptial; connubial; conjugal.
Origin of matrimonial
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin mātrimōniālis. See matrimony, -al1
Related forms
matrimonially, adverb
nonmatrimonial, adjective
nonmatrimonially, adverb
prematrimonial, adjective
prematrimonially, adverb
unmatrimonial, adjective
unmatrimonially, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for matrimonial
  • The website now claims that its the largest matrimonial service in the world.
  • The long-term matrimonial odds had never been terrifically auspicious.
  • Nor does its own history of matrimonial excess bring a blush to its cheek.
  • Oh come on its nothing but a little matrimonial tussle played out in the academic realm.
  • Logically enough, the older families have begun striking matrimonial alliances with these arrivistes.
  • Then he meets up with a lady whom his valet had previously approached through a matrimonial agency and quietly marries her.
  • If you have a divorce case in court, you may hear lawyers and court staff call it a matrimonial action.
  • matrimonial records are listed on the public access computer screens but the files are not accessible to the general public.
British Dictionary definitions for matrimonial


relating to marriage: matrimonial troubles
Derived Forms
matrimonially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for matrimonial

mid-15c., from Middle French matrimonial (14c.) and directly from Late Latin matrimonialis, from Latin matrimonium (see matrimony). Earlier as a noun meaning "a marriage" (late 15c.). Related: Matrimonially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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