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 Dictionary entry overview: What does matrimony mean? 

  The noun MATRIMONY has 2 senses:

1. the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)
2. the ceremony or sacrament of marriage

  Familiarity information: MATRIMONY used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1matrimony [BACK TO TOP]


The state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


marriage; matrimony; spousal relationship; wedlock; union

Context examples:

a long and happy marriage / God bless this union

Hypernyms ("matrimony" is a kind of...):

marital status (the condition of being married or unmarried)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "matrimony"):

bigamy (having two spouses at the same time)

polygamy (having more than one spouse at a time)

cuckoldom (the state of a husband whose wife has committed adultery)

open marriage (a marriage in which each partner is free to enter into extraneous sexual relationships without guilt or jealousy from the other)

monogamousness; monogamy (having only one spouse at a time)

monandry (the state of having only one husband at a time)

misalliance (an unsuitable alliance (especially with regard to marriage))

marriage of convenience (a marriage for expediency rather than love)

exogamy; intermarriage (marriage to a person belonging to a tribe or group other than your own as required by custom or law)

endogamy; inmarriage; intermarriage (marriage within one's own tribe or group as required by custom or law)

common-law marriage (a marriage relationship created by agreement and cohabitation rather than by ceremony)

sigeh (a Shiite tradition of temporary marriage permitted in Iran that allows a couple to specify the terms of their relationship; can last from a few minutes to 99 years)

Sense 2matrimony [BACK TO TOP]


The ceremony or sacrament of marriage

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("matrimony" is a kind of...):

sacrament (a formal religious ceremony conferring a specific grace on those who receive it; the two Protestant ceremonies are baptism and the Lord's Supper; in the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church there are seven traditional rites accepted as instituted by Jesus: baptism and confirmation and Holy Eucharist and penance and holy orders and matrimony and extreme unction)

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