|1.||[ noun ] (law,sociology) the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)|
|Synonyms:||matrimony spousal_relationship wedlock union|
"a long and happy marriage" "God bless this union"
|Related terms:||marital_status exogamy misalliance endogamy common-law_marriage polygamy sigeh monandry monogamy polyandry monogamousness open_marriage polygamy marriage_of_convenience bigamy law|
|2.||[ noun ] (sociology) two people who are married to each other|
"his second marriage was happier than the first" "a married couple without love"
|Related terms:||family mixed_marriage spouse|
|3.||[ noun ] the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony|
"their marriage was conducted in the chapel"
|Related terms:||ritual love_match bridal remarriage civil_marriage marry|
|4.||[ noun ] a close and intimate union|
"the marriage of music and dance" "a marriage of ideas"