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trial marriage

noun
1.
an arrangement by which a couple live together for a period of time to see if they are compatible for marriage.
Origin of trial marriage
1920-1925
1920-25
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  • The trial marriage is an ineradicable custom among the Eskimos.

    The North Pole Robert E. Peary
  • Nevertheless he worked on and the trial marriage is his solution of the problem.

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • I have already spoken of the unusual custom of the trial marriage which exists among the natives of the Far North.

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • We thought we believed in trial marriage, but we don't—we believe in trial separation!

    Why Marry? Jesse Lynch Williams
  • Just when the custom of the trial marriage in its present form originated I do not know.

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • The trial marriage permits the indulgence in one of their quaintest of customs.

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • The trial marriage is a blending of the customs of both of these.

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • The trial marriage is merely a primitive sexual mating in the dormitories of the unmarried.

    Ifugao Law R. F. Burton
  • However, it should be said that even a contract marriage is a trial marriage to a great degree.

    Ifugao Law R. F. Burton

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