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Meaning of MATRIMONY

Pronunciation:  'matru`mownee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the ceremony or sacrament of marriage
  2. [n]  state of being husband and wife; "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"

MATRIMONY is a 9 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: marriage, union, wedlock
 See Also: bigamy, common-law marriage, endogamy, exogamy, inmarriage, intermarriage, marital status, marriage of convenience, misalliance, monandry, monogamousness, monogamy, monogyny, open marriage, polyandry, polygamy, polygyny, sacrament



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mat"ri*mo*ny\, n. [OE. matrimoine, through Old
French, fr. L. matrimonium, fr. mater mother. See {Mother}.]
1. The union of man and woman as husband and wife; the
   nuptial state; marriage; wedlock.

         If either of you know any impediment, why ye may not
         be lawfully joined together in matrimony, ye do now
         confessit.                            --Book of Com.
                                               Prayer (Eng.
                                               Ed. )

2. A kind of game at cards played by several persons.

{Matrimony vine} (Bot.), a climbing thorny vine ({Lycium
   barbarum}) of the Potato family. --Gray.

Syn: Marriage; wedlock. See {Marriage}.

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