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Meaning of MARRIAGE

Pronunciation:  'meerâj

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony; "their marriage was conducted in the chapel"
  2. [n]  two people who are married to each other; "his second marriage was happier than the first"; "a married couple without love"
  3. [n]  state of being husband and wife; "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"
  4. [n]  a close and intimate union; "the marriage of music and dance"; "a marriage of ideas"

MARRIAGE is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: man and wife, marriage ceremony, married couple, matrimony, union, wedding, wedlock
 See Also: better half, bigamy, bridal, civil marriage, common-law marriage, endogamy, espousal, exogamy, family, family unit, inmarriage, intermarriage, love match, marital status, marriage of convenience, married person, mate, misalliance, mixed marriage, monandry, monogamousness, monogamy, monogyny, open marriage, partner, polyandry, polygamy, polygyny, remarriage, rite, ritual, spouse, unification



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mar"riage\, n. [OE. mariage, F. mariage. See {Marry},
    v. t.]
    1. The act of marrying, or the state of being married; legal
       union of a man and a woman for life, as husband and wife;
       wedlock; matrimony.
             Marriage is honorable in all.         --Heb. xiii.
    2. The marriage vow or contract. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    3. A feast made on the occasion of a marriage.
             The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king
             which made a marriage for his son.    --Matt. xxii.
    4. Any intimate or close union.
    {Marriage brokage}.
       (a) The business of bringing about marriages.
       (b) The payment made or demanded for the procurement of a
    {Marriage favors}, knots of white ribbons, or bunches of
       white flowers, worn at weddings.
    {Marriage settlement} (Law), a settlement of property in
       view, and in consideration, of marriage.
    Syn: Matrimony; wedlock; wedding; nuptials.
    Usage: {Marriage}, {Matrimony}, {Wedlock}. Marriage is
           properly the act which unites the two parties, and
           matrimony the state into which they enter. Marriage
           is, however, often used for the state as well as the
           act. Wedlock is the old Anglo-Saxon term for
  2. \Mar"riage\, n.
    In b['e]zique, penuchle, and similar games at cards, the
    combination of a king and queen of the same suit. If of the
    trump suit, it is called a {royal marriage}.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a marriage in your dream means commitment, harmony or transition. You will undergo an important developmental transitional phase. It may also represent the unification of formerly separate or opposite aspects of yourself. In particular, it may represent the union of masculine or feminine aspects of yourself. Dreaming of a proposal of marriage, suggests that some situation will take a turn for the worse. Dreaming that you are getting married to your ex, suggests that you have accepted aspects of that relationship and learned from those past mistakes. Alternatively, it means that a current relationship shares some commonality with your previous relationship with your ex. However, you will not make those same mistakes.
Easton Bible Dictionary

was instituted in Paradise when man was in innocence (Gen. 2:18-24). Here we have its original charter, which was confirmed by our Lord, as the basis on which all regulations are to be framed (Matt. 19:4, 5). It is evident that monogamy was the original law of marriage (Matt. 19:5; 1 Cor. 6:16). This law was violated in after times, when corrupt usages began to be introduced (Gen. 4:19; 6:2). We meet with the prevalence of polygamy and concubinage in the patriarchal age (Gen. 16:1-4; 22:21-24; 28:8, 9; 29:23-30, etc.). Polygamy was acknowledged in the Mosaic law and made the basis of legislation, and continued to be practised all down through the period of Jewish histroy to the Captivity, after which there is no instance of it on record.

It seems to have been the practice from the beginning for fathers to select wives for their sons (Gen. 24:3; 38:6). Sometimes also proposals were initiated by the father of the maiden (Ex. 2:21). The brothers of the maiden were also sometimes consulted (Gen. 24:51; 34:11), but her own consent was not required. The young man was bound to give a price to the father of the maiden (31:15; 34:12; Ex. 22:16, 17; 1 Sam. 18:23, 25; Ruth 4:10; Hos. 3:2) On these patriarchal customs the Mosaic law made no change.

In the pre-Mosaic times, when the proposals were accepted and the marriage price given, the bridegroom could come at once and take away his bride to his own house (Gen. 24:63-67). But in general the marriage was celebrated by a feast in the house of the bride's parents, to which all friends were invited (29:22, 27); and on the day of the marriage the bride, concealed under a thick veil, was conducted to her future husband's home.

Our Lord corrected many false notions then existing on the subject of marriage (Matt. 22:23-30), and placed it as a divine institution on the highest grounds. The apostles state clearly and enforce the nuptial duties of husband and wife (Eph. 5:22-33; Col. 3:18, 19; 1 Pet. 3:1-7). Marriage is said to be "honourable" (Heb. 13:4), and the prohibition of it is noted as one of the marks of degenerate times (1 Tim. 4:3).

The marriage relation is used to represent the union between God and his people (Isa. 54:5; Jer. 3:1-14; Hos. 2:9, 20). In the New Testament the same figure is employed in representing the love of Christ to his saints (Eph. 5:25-27). The Church of the redeemed is the "Bride, the Lamb's wife" (Rev. 19:7-9).

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