the formal union of a man and a woman, typically recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife.
a combination or mixture of two or more elements.
a. A legal union between two persons that confers certain privileges and entails certain obligations of each person with respect to the other, previously restricted in the United States to a union between a woman and a man.
b. A similar union of more than two people; a polygamous marriage.
c. A union between persons recognized by custom or religious tradition as a marriage.
d. A customary marriage.
e. The status or relationship of two adults who are married: Your marriage has been happy.
2. A wedding: Where will the marriage be celebrated?
3. A close union: "the most successful marriage of beauty and blood in the conventional comics " (Lloyd Rose).
4. Games The combination of the king and queen of the same suit, as in pinochle.
[Middle English mariage , from Old French,
( mærɪdʒ )
1. the status or the relationship of cohabitation in a legal society
a. the legal union or the contract made by two people to live together
b. ( as modifier ): marriage license ; marriage certificate .
3. (Ecclesiastical terms) the religious or legal ceremony that formalizes this union; wedding
4. (Law) the religious or legal ceremony that formalizes this union; wedding
5. a close or intimate union, a relationship, etc.: a marriage of ideas span>.
6. (Card games) (in certain card games, such as bezique, pinochle) the king and queen of the same suit div>
[C13: from the old French;
mar • riage
(mær ɪdʒ) n n n.
1. the social institution under which a man and a woman live as husband and wife on legal or religious commitments.
2. the status, condition or relationship of being married.
3. the legal or religious ceremony that formalizes the marriage.
4. an intimate living arrangement without legal sanction: a trial marriage.
5. any association or intimate union.
6. a mixture of different elements or components.
cheese and kisses Rhyming slang for missis , one's wife. This British expression is popular in Australia, where it is often reduced to simply cheese . It also enjoys some use on the west coast of the United States. Ernest Booth used the phrase in American Mercury in 1928.
Darby and Joan An elderly couple, happily married; An old-fashioned and loving couple. According to one account, the couple was immortalized by Henry Wood-Autumn in a love ballad entitled "The joys of love never forgot: a song", which appeared in a 1735 edition of the British magazine "Gentleman's Magazine". publication. Darby is John Darby, a former employer of Woodfall. Joan is Darby's wife. The two were inseparable, acting as newlyweds even in their golden years. Darby and Joan was also the name of a popular song of the 19th century. The Darby and the Joan Clubs are in Great Britain what the Senior Citizens' Clubs are in the United States. The word darbies is sometimes used as a nickname for wives. The foundation is that wives are an inseparable couple.
go to the world Be married or married, to become husband and wife. Mundo in this expression refers to secular, secular life, as opposed to religious, clerical life. The phrase, which is no longer heard today, dates back to at least 1565. It appeared in Everything is fine and ends well:
But, if he can have the goodwill of his lordship to go to the world, Isbel the woman and I will do what we can. (I, iii)
jumping on the broomstick to get married; Said of those whose wedding ceremony is informal or unofficial. Variants include getting married on the broomstick, jumping the broom and jumping the broom . This expression, dating from the late eighteenth century, refers to the informal marriage ceremony in which both parties jumped over a broom, or a broom, to the land of holy matrimony. Although neither the ceremony nor the phrase are common today, they were well known to slaves in Southern California, who did not consider themselves important enough to deserve church weddings, and so they got married by jumping on the broom.
There are some who think that she was married above the broom, if she was married. (Julian Hawthorne, Fortune's Fool , 1883)
mother of pearl Bride or wife. This phrase is a jargon that rhymes for chica , but applies almost exclusively to women who are girlfriends or wives.
my old Dutch wife . This expression of affection is a British colloquialism for the spouse. Here dutch is the abbreviation of duchess .
dishes and dishes rhyming jargon for missis , the wife of one The plates and plates are a pretty strong reference to the domestic chores of a wife.
problems and conflicts Rhyming slang for wife , dating from the beginning of the 20th century. According to Julian Franklyn ( A Dictionary of Rhyming Slang ), this is the most used of the many jargon phrases with rhymes for wife , including fight and fight, worry and strife , and the American equivalent storm and strife .