the act or ceremony of marrying; marriage; nuptials.
the anniversary of a marriage, or its celebration: They invited guests to their silver wedding.
the act or an instance of blending or joining, especially opposite or contrasting elements: a perfect wedding of conservatism and liberalism.
Business Slang. a merger.
of or pertaining to a wedding: the wedding ceremony; a wedding dress.

before 900; Middle English; Old English weddung. See wed, -ing1

marriage, wedding (see synonym study at marriage).

1. See marriage. Unabridged


verb (used with object), wedded or wed, wedding.
to marry (another person) in a formal ceremony.
to unite (a couple) in marriage or wedlock; marry.
to bind by close or lasting ties; attach firmly: She wedded herself to the cause of the poor.
to blend together or unite inseparably: a novel that weds style and content perfectly.
verb (used without object), wedded or wed, wedding.
to contract marriage; marry.
to become united or to blend: a building that will wed with the landscape.

before 900; Middle English wedde, Old English weddian to pledge; cognate with German wetten to bet, Old Norse vethja to pledge

interwed, verb (used without object), interwed or interwedded, interwedding.
rewed, verb, rewedded, rewedding.
unwed, adjective

4. combine, fuse, merge. Unabridged
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wed (wɛd)
vb , weds, wedding, wedded, wed
1.  to take (a person of the opposite sex) as a husband or wife; marry
2.  (tr) to join (two people) in matrimony
3.  (tr) to unite closely
[Old English weddian; related to Old Frisian weddia, Old Norse vethja, Gothic wadi pledge]

wedding (ˈwɛdɪŋ)
1.  a.  the act of marrying or the celebration of a marriage
 b.  (as modifier): wedding day
2.  the anniversary of a marriage (in such combinations as silver wedding or diamond wedding)
3.  the combination or blending of two separate elements

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Word Origin & History

O.E. weddian "to pledge, covenant to do something, marry," from P.Gmc. *wadjojanan (cf. O.N. veðja "to bet, wager," O.Fris. weddia "to promise," Goth. ga-wadjon "to betroth"), from PIE base *wadh- "to pledge, to redeem a pledge" (cf. L. vas, gen. vadis "bail, security," Lith. vaduoti "to redeem a
pledge"). Sense remained "pledge" in other Gmc. languages (cf. Ger. Wette "bet, wager"); development to "marry" is unique to Eng.

O.E. weddung "state of being wed" (see wed). Meaning "ceremony of marriage" is recorded from c.1300; the usual O.E. word for the ceremony was bridelope, lit. "bridal run," in reference to conducting the bride to her new home. Wedding cake is recorded from 1648; as a style of
architecture, attested from 1879.
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see shotgun wedding.

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Example sentences for wedding
Because of the bloodshed, this event became known as the red wedding.
She must marry the innocent man in a sanctified wedding before impregnating
In the west, it is now customary to present the bride with a wedding ring.
After or during the wedding, ladies will do the same thing, but a much smaller
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