matrimony c.1300, from O.Fr. matremoine "matrimony, marriage" and directly from L. matrimonium "wedlock, marriage," from matrem (nom. mater) "mother" (see MOTHER (Cf. mother) (n.1)) + -monium, suffix signifying "action, state, condition."

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  • Matrimony — Mat ri*mo*ny, n. [OE. matrimoine, through Old French, fr. L. matrimonium, fr. mater mother. See {Mother}.] 1. The union of man and woman as husband and wife; the nuptial state; marriage; wedlock. [1913 Webster] If either of you know any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • matrimony — I noun alliance, cohabitation, conjugality, connubiality, consortium, espousal, espousement, joining, marriage, marriage tie, married life, married state, married status, match, mating, matrimonium, nuptial bond, nuptial state, nuptial tie,… …   Law dictionary

  • matrimony — *marriage, wedlock, wedding, nuptial, espousal …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • matrimony — [n] being joined in marriage alliance, bells*, conjugality, connubiality, marital rites, marriage, match, nuptials, shotgun wedding*, union, wedding, wedding bells*, wedding ceremony, wedlock; concept 297 Ant. divorce …   New thesaurus

  • matrimony — ► NOUN ▪ the state or ceremony of being married. DERIVATIVES matrimonial adjective. ORIGIN Latin matrimonium, from mater mother …   English terms dictionary

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  • matrimony — marriage, matrimony, wedlock, wedding, nuptial, espousal are comparable though not always synonymous because they all refer directly or indirectly to acts by which a man and woman become husband and. wife or to the state of being husband and wife …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • matrimony — Synonyms and related words: a world without end bargain, alliance, baptism, bed, bond of matrimony, bridebed, cohabitation, confirmation, conjugal bond, conjugal knot, coverture, extreme unction, holy matrimony, holy orders, holy wedlock,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • matrimony — [[t]mæ̱trɪməni, AM moʊni[/t]] N UNCOUNT Matrimony is marriage. [FORMAL] ...the bonds of matrimony. ...holy matrimony …   English dictionary

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