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matrimony

[ma-truh-moh-nee] /ˈmæ trəˌmoʊ ni/
noun, plural matrimonies for 2.
1.
the state of being married; marriage:
He was married in 1870 and lived in matrimony 12 years.
2.
the rite, ceremony, or sacrament of marriage:
The priest has united them in the bonds of holy matrimony.
Origin of matrimony
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin mātrimōnium wedlock. See matri-, -mony
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matrimony

/ˈmætrɪmənɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
the state or condition of being married
2.
the ceremony or sacrament of marriage
3.
  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
n.

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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