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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
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin mātrimōnium wedlock. See matri-, -mony
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Examples for matrimony
  • The fight between proponents of marriage equality and defenders of traditional matrimony is nothing if not a morality play.
  • No one can point out any useful purpose which these accomplices in matrimony serve.
  • Beautiful, vivid photographs portray the diverse ways various cultures celebrate the tradition of matrimony around the globe.
  • ME, in a hotel room, frolicking about in a fashion thought by many only permissible within the bounds of holy matrimony.
  • It is one of the myths of matrimony that both bride and groom suffer last-minute misgivings the night before the wedding.
  • The concept of stress testing clearly supersedes computers, engineering, or the military and has its origins in matrimony.
  • But finally she did, and the preparations for matrimony began.
  • It shouldn't discourage matrimony but-well, this reviewer is certainly happy to have all sons.
  • It seemed to her that only now she fully measured the great undertaking of matrimony.
  • Hardly a day goes by when matrimony, in one context or another, isn't kicked around in headlines.
British Dictionary definitions for matrimony

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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