|1.||[ noun ] (law,sociology) the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)|
|Synonyms:||marriage 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 ] (religion,Christianity) the ceremony or sacrament of marriage|