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[ma-truh-moh-nee] /ˈmæ trəˌmoʊ ni/
noun, plural matrimonies for 2.
the state of being married; marriage:
He was married in 1870 and lived in matrimony 12 years.
the rite, ceremony, or sacrament of marriage:
The priest has united them in the bonds of holy matrimony.
Origin of matrimony
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin mātrimōnium wedlock. See matri-, -mony Unabridged
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  • There must be an outlet for all this vigor—business, or matrimony, or war.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • She is displeased with him for his affectedly-bashful hints of matrimony.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • It is supposed, however, that he was crossed in love in his youth and on that account abandoned all thoughts of matrimony.

  • Yet you see he but touches upon the edges of matrimony neither.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I have many times been asked the question, Who are the best subjects for matrimony?

British Dictionary definitions for matrimony


noun (pl) -nies
the state or condition of being married
the ceremony or sacrament of marriage
  1. a card game in which the king and queen together are a winning combination
  2. such a combination
Word Origin
C14: via Norman French from Latin mātrimōnium wedlock, from māter mother
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Word Origin and History for matrimony

c.1300, from Old French matremoine "matrimony, marriage" and directly from Latin matrimonium "wedlock, marriage," from matrem (nominative mater) "mother" (see mother (n.1)) + -monium, suffix signifying "action, state, condition."

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