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Noun marriage has 4 senses
- marriage, matrimony, union, spousal relationship, wedlock - the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"
--1 is a kind of marital status
--1 has particulars:
- marriage, married couple, man and wife - two people who are married to each other; "his second marriage was happier than the first"; "a married couple without love"
--2 is a kind of family, family unit
--2 has members: spouse, partner, married person, mate, better half
--2 has particulars: mixed marriage
- marriage, wedding, marriage ceremony - the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony; "their marriage was conducted in the chapel"
--3 is a kind of ritual, rite
--3 has particulars:
- marriage - a close and intimate union; "the marriage of music and dance"; "a marriage of ideas"
--4 is a kind of union, unification