1. [syn: marriage, matrimony, union, spousal relationship, wedlock]
2. the ceremony or sacrament of marriage;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
If either of you know any impediment, why ye may not
be lawfully joined together in matrimony, ye do now
confess it. --Book of Com.
2. A kind of game at cards played by several persons.
Matrimony vine (Bot.), a climbing thorny vine (Lycium
barbarum) of the Potato family. --Gray.
Syn: Marriage; wedlock. See Marriage.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for
life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God
bless this union" [syn: marriage, matrimony, union,
spousal relationship, wedlock]
2: the ceremony or sacrament of marriage
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
41 Moby Thesaurus words for "matrimony":
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, husbandhood,
ill-assorted marriage, intermarriage, interracial marriage,
marriage, marriage bed, marriage sacrament, match,
matrimonial union, mesalliance, misalliance, miscegenation,
mixed marriage, nuptial bond, penance, sacrament of matrimony,
seven sacraments, spousehood, the Eucharist, union, wedded bliss,
wedded state, weddedness, wedding knot, wedlock, wifehood