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marriage

mar·riage

marriage

 
 
pronunciation:
mae rihj
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the state of being joined in wedlock.
synonyms:
matrimony, wedlock
similar words:
match, union
definition 2: the ceremony in which two people are legally joined as husband and wife.
synonyms:
matrimony, nuptials, union, wedding
similar words:
espousal
definition 3: any close union of two people, objects, or ideas.
synonyms:
liaison, match, union, wedding
similar words:
alliance, association, conjunction, synthesis
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The word marriage contains the following part:
-age Latin noun-forming suffix that means act, process, or result of (the action indicated by the verb base)
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The suffix -age attaches primarily to bases that are English verbs to form nouns. Base-final y becomes i and base-final silent e is dropped before ľage (carry + -age > carriage , store + -age > storage ) Some nouns ending in -age are loan words from French (voyage , courage ) whose bases are Latin roots.