What is marriage?

  • (noun): The act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony.
    Example: "Their marriage was conducted in the chapel"
    Synonyms: wedding, marriage ceremony
    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
... In 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 ...
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 ... roles by men and submissive gender roles by women influence the power dynamic of a marriage ...
Caroline Of Ansbach - Marriage
... the Elector did not want his son to enter into a loveless arranged marriage as he himself had ... and Caroline had a largely successful marriage, though he continued to keep mistresses, as was customary for the time ...
Index Of Sexology Topics - L
... laparotomy – latex – latex clothing – Latin American marriage customs – lavender marriage – Lea's Shield – leapfrog sex position – leather culture – leather ...
Index Of Sexology Topics - J
... Jain marriage customs – Jain wedding – Japanese bondage – Japanese marriage customs – Japanese wedding – jealousy – jello wrestling – jelqing – jewelry – Jewish marriage customs ...

More definitions of "marriage":

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

Famous quotes containing the word marriage:

    In ‘70 he married again, and I having, voluntarily, assumed the legal guilt of breaking my marriage contract, do cheerfully accept the legal penalty—a life of celibacy—bringing no charge against him who was my husband, save that he was not much better than the average man.
    Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815–1884)

    I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934)

    It appears that ordinary men take wives because possession is not possible without marriage, and that ordinary women accept husbands because marriage is not possible without possession; with totally differing aims the method is the same on both sides.
    Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)