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
... 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 ...
Caroline Of Ansbach - Marriage
... Caroline, as his father 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 - J
... Jain marriage customs – Jain wedding – Japanese bondage – Japanese marriage customs – Japanese wedding – jealousy – jello wrestling – jelqing ...
Index Of Sexology Topics - L
... latex clothing – Latin American marriage customs – lavender marriage – Lea's Shield – leapfrog sex position – leather culture – leather fetishism – left-handed marriage – leg spreader ...
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 ... 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 ... roles by men and submissive gender roles by women influence the power dynamic of a marriage ...

More definitions of "marriage":

  • (noun): A close and intimate union.
    Example: "The marriage of music and dance"; "a marriage of ideas"
  • (noun): The act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony.
    Example: "Their marriage was conducted in the chapel"
    Synonyms: wedding, marriage ceremony
  • (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:

    All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest—never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership.
    Ann Landers (b. 1918)

    We have seen that men are learning that work, productivity, and marriage may be very important parts of life, but they are not its whole cloth. The rest of the fabric is made of nurturing relationships, especially those with children—relationships which are intimate, trusting, humane, complex, and full of care.
    Kyle D. Pruett (20th century)

    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)