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mar·riage

marriage

 
 
pronunciation:
mae rihj
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the state of two people being joined by law, having pledged to be faithful to one another all their lives as a couple.
Their marriage lasted for fifty years.
 
similar words:
union
definition 2: the legal ceremony in which two people are joined; wedding.
After the marriage, guests were invited to dance and eat wedding cake.
synonyms:
union, wedding
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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 -age (carry + -age > carriage , store + -age > storage ) Some nouns ending in -age are loan words from French (voyage , courage ) whose bases are Latin roots.