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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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  • Campbell has it against Byron, that "the poetic temperament is incompatible with matrimonial felicity."

  • I cannot say that my partner viewed this matrimonial project with the disgust that I did.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • There was a good deal of excitement upon this subject in the matrimonial market for two or three years after Lady Louisa's death.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • It was the bridegroom's third matrimonial undertaking, and the bride's second.

  • They go in for a more splendid sort of matrimonial success, and think they can afford to play the more daring game.

  • But we shall have a third couple yoked in the matrimonial chain.

  • She was fifty years of age and extremely poor; but this matrimonial alliance was bound to bring notable recruits to Islam.

    The Life of Mohammad Etienne Dinet
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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