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Marriage vs. Handfasting

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Marriagenoun

The state of being married.

‘You should enter marriage for love.’;

Handfastingnoun

The ceremony in which people handfast.

Marriagenoun

A union of two or more people that creates a family tie and carries legal, social, and/or religious rights and responsibilities.

Handfasting

Handfasting is a traditional practice that, depending on the term's usage, may define an unofficiated wedding (in which a couple marries without an officiant, usually with the intent of later undergoing a second wedding with an officiant), a betrothal (an engagement in which a couple has formally promised to wed, and which can be broken only through divorce), or a temporary wedding (in which a couple makes an intentionally temporary marriage commitment). The phrase refers to the making fast of a pledge by the shaking or joining of hands.

Marriagenoun

(often specifically) The union of only two people, to the exclusion of all others.

‘My grandparents' marriage lasted for forty years.’; ‘Pat and Leslie's marriage to each other lasted forty years.’;

Marriagenoun

The union of two people of opposite sex, to the exclusion of all others.

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Marriagenoun

A wedding; a ceremony in which people wed.

‘You are cordially invited to the marriage of James Smith and Jane Doe.’;

Marriagenoun

(figuratively) A close union.

Marriagenoun

A joining of two parts.

Marriagenoun

(card games) A king and a queen, when held as a hand in Texas hold 'em or melded in pinochle.

Marriagenoun

(card games) In solitaire or patience games, the placing a card of the same suit on the next one above or below it in value.

Marriagenoun

The act of marrying, or the state of being married; legal union of a man and a woman for life, as husband and wife; wedlock; matrimony.

‘Marriage is honorable in all.’;

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Marriagenoun

The marriage vow or contract.

Marriagenoun

A feast made on the occasion of a marriage.

‘The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king which made a marriage for his son.’;

Marriagenoun

Any intimate or close union.

Marriagenoun

In pinochle, bézique, and similar games at cards, the combination of a king and queen of the same suit. If of the trump suit, it is called a royal marriage.

Marriagenoun

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

‘a long and happy marriage’; ‘God bless this union’;

Marriagenoun

two people who are married to each other;

‘his second marriage was happier than the first’; ‘a married couple without love’;

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Marriagenoun

the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony;

‘their marriage was conducted in the chapel’;

Marriagenoun

a close and intimate union;

‘the marriage of music and dance’; ‘a marriage of ideas’;

Marriagenoun

the legally or formally recognized union of two people as partners in a personal relationship (historically and in some jurisdictions specifically a union between a man and a woman)

‘the children from his first marriage’; ‘a happy marriage’; ‘marriage vows’;

Marriagenoun

the state of being married

‘they were celebrating 50 years of marriage’;

Marriagenoun

a combination or mixture of elements

‘her music is a marriage of funk, jazz, and hip-hop’;

Marriagenoun

(in bezique and other card games) a combination of a king and queen of the same suit.

Marriage

Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock is a culturally recognized union between people called spouses. It establishes rights and obligations between them, as well as between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws.

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