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1    the state or relationship of being husband and wife  
a    the legal union or contract made by a man and woman to live as husband and wife  
b    (as modifier)  
marriage licence, marriage certificate     
3    the religious or legal ceremony formalizing this union; wedding  
4    a close or intimate union, relationship, etc.  
a marriage of ideas     
5    (in certain card games, such as bezique, pinochle) the king and queen of the same suit,   (Related adjs)        conjugal       marital       nuptial  
     (C13: from Old French; see marry1, -age)  

antenuptial marriage contract  
      n     (S. African)   a contract made between a man and a woman before they marry, agreeing on the distribution of their assets in the event of divorce,   (Sometimes shortened to)    antenuptial  
civil marriage  
      n     (Law)   a marriage performed by some official other than a clergyman  
group marriage  
      n   an arrangement in which several males live together with several females, forming a conjugal unit  
marriage bureau  
      n   an agency that provides introductions to single people seeking a marriage partner  
marriage guidance  
a    advice given to couples who have problems in their married life  
b    (as modifier)  
a marriage guidance counsellor     
marriage of convenience  
      n   a marriage based on expediency rather than on love  
mixed marriage  
      n   a marriage between persons of different races or religions  
open marriage  
      n   a marriage in which the partners are free to pursue their own social and sexual lives  
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Marriage between a man of royal or noble birth and a woman of lesser status, with the stipulation that wife and children have no claims to his titles or possessions or dignity. Still common at the beginning of the 20th C., the practice is now rare. Syn. Morganatic marriage, marriage of the left hand
[Hist.] So-called, because at the nuptial ceremony the husband gives his left hand to the bride, rather than his right, when saying, “I take thee for my wedded wife.”
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