What is marriage?

  • (noun): The state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce).
    Example: "A long and happy marriage"
    Synonyms: matrimony, union, spousal relationship, wedlock
    See also — Additional definitions below

Marriage

Marriage (also called matrimony or wedlock) is a social union or legal contract between people called spouses that creates kinship. The definition of marriage varies according to different cultures, but is usually an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged. Such a union is often formalized via a wedding ceremony. In terms of legal recognition, most sovereign states and other jurisdictions limit marriage to two persons of opposite sex or gender in the gender binary, and some of these allow polygynous marriage. Since 2000, several countries and some other jurisdictions have legalized same-sex marriage. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity.

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Cherokee - Culture - Marriage
... the late nineteenth century, the US government put new restrictions on marriage between a Cherokee and non-Cherokee, although it was still relatively common ... Common law marriages were more popular ...
Index Of Sexology Topics - J
... Jain marriage customs – Jain wedding – Japanese bondage – Japanese marriage customs – Japanese wedding – jealousy – jello wrestling – jelqing – jewelry ...
Caroline Of Ansbach - Marriage
... did not want his son to enter into a loveless arranged marriage as he himself had ... George Augustus and Caroline had a largely successful marriage, though he continued to keep mistresses, as was customary for the time ...
Marriage - Power and Gender Roles
... Feminist theory approaches opposite-sex marriage as an institution traditionally rooted in patriarchy that promotes male superiority and power over women.." This patriarchal dynamic is contrasted with a conception of egalitarian or Peer Marriage in which power and labour are divided equally, and not according to gender roles ... submissive gender roles by women influence the power dynamic of a marriage ...

More definitions of "marriage":

  • (noun): The act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony.
    Example: "Their marriage was conducted in the chapel"
    Synonyms: wedding, marriage ceremony
  • (noun): A close and intimate union.
    Example: "The marriage of music and dance"; "a marriage of ideas"
  • (noun): Two people who are married to each other.
    Example: "His second marriage was happier than the first"
    Synonyms: married couple, man and wife

Famous quotes containing the word marriage:

    Yes, marriage is hateful, detestable. A kind of ineffable, sickening disgust seizes my mind when I think of this most despotic, most unrequited fetter which prejudice has forged to confine its energies.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

    Either marriage is a destiny, I believe, or there is no sense in it at all, it’s a piece of humbug.
    Max Frisch (1911–1991)

    What is any respectable girl brought up to do but to catch some rich man’s fancy and get the benefit of his money by marrying him?—as if a marriage ceremony could make any difference in the right or wrong of the thing!
    George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)