UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈmærɪdʒ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈmærɪdʒ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(marij)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
mar•riage /ˈmærɪdʒ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the institution under which a man and woman live as husband and wife under law:[uncountable]different customs of marriage.
  2. the state or relationship of being married: [uncountable]a happy state of marriage.[countable]Her last two marriages were unhappy.
  3. the ceremony that formalizes marriage:[countable]The marriage took place in her old parish church.
  4. [countable] an intimate living arrangement without permission from the law:a trial marriage.
  5. a close association in which there is blending of different elements:[countable]The car is a perfect marriage of power and performance.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
mar•riage  (marij),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc.
  2. the state, condition, or relationship of being married;
    wedlock:a happy marriage.
  3. the legal or religious ceremony that formalizes the decision of a man and woman to live as husband and wife, including the accompanying social festivities:to officiate at a marriage.
  4. a relationship in which two people have pledged themselves to each other in the manner of a husband and wife, without legal sanction:trial marriage; homosexual marriage.
  5. any close or intimate association or union:the marriage of words and music in a hit song.
  6. Businessa formal agreement between two companies or enterprises to combine operations, resources, etc., for mutual benefit;
  7. a blending or matching of different elements or components:The new lipstick is a beautiful marriage of fragrance and texture.
  8. Games[Cards.]a meld of the king and queen of a suit, as in pinochle. Cf.  royal marriage. 
  9. Furniturea piece of antique furniture assembled from components of two or more authentic pieces.
  10. [Obs.]the formal declaration or contract by which act a man and a woman join in wedlock.
  • Old French, equivalent. to mari(er) to marry1 + -age -age
  • Middle English mariage 1250–1300
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged matrimony.
      Marriage, wedding, nuptials are terms for the ceremony uniting couples in wedlock.
      Marriage is the simple and usual term, without implications as to circumstances and without emotional connotations:to announce the marriage of a daughter.Wedding has rather strong emotional, even sentimental, connotations, and suggests the accompanying festivities, whether elaborate or simple:a beautiful wedding; a reception after the wedding.Nuptials is a formal and lofty word applied to the ceremony and attendant social events;
      it does not have emotional connotations but strongly implies surroundings characteristic of wealth, rank, pomp, and grandeur:royal nuptials.It appears frequently on newspaper society pages chiefly as a result of the attempt to avoid continual repetition of
      marriage and
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged alliance, confederation;
      weld, junction.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged divorce.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
marriage /ˈmærɪdʒ/ n
  1. the state or relationship of living together in a legal partnership
  2. the legal union or contract made by two people to live together
  3. (as modifier): marriage licence, marriage certificate
  4. the religious or legal ceremony formalizing this union; wedding
  5. a close or intimate union, relationship, etc
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French; see marry1, -age
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Collocations: a [happy, solid, strong, loving] marriage, [apply for, grant] a marriage [license, permit], [a trial, a royal, an arranged] marriage, more...

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