matrimony

[ma-truh-moh-nee]
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; Middle English < Latin mātrimōnium wedlock. See matri-, -mony

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

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matrimony
c.1300, from O.Fr. matremoine, from L. matrimonium "wedlock, marriage," from matrem (nom. mater) "mother" + -monium, suffix signifying "action, state, condition." Related: Matrimonial.
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Example sentences
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.
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