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noun 
  1. The state of being marry, married.
    • Note: For a detailed discussion of marriage as an institution, with its traditions, its norms, and the accompanying legal rights and obligations, please consult the w:marriage, Wikipedia article on marriage.
      1. The union of a man and a woman, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
      2. A wedding.
      Example:
    • You are cordially invited to the of James Smith and Jane Doe.
      1. A close union.
      2. A joining of two parts.
      3. (context, poker slang) A king and a queen as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em
Etymology: mariage, from mariage, from marier "to marry", from maritare "to marry", literally "give a husband to", from maritus "married man, husband", derived probably from Proto-Indo-European
  • mari-, perhaps a feminine stem of
  • mer-yo- "young man or young woman" (hence
  • mari-to- "given a wife"), if not somehow connected with mas "male" (stem mar-).



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