1. To unite in wedlock or matrimony; to perform the ceremony of joining, as a man and a woman, for life; to constitute (a man and a woman) husband and wife according to the laws or customs of the place. "Tell him that he shall marry the couple himself." (Gay)
2. To join according to law, (a man) to a woman as his wife, or (a woman) to a man as her husband. See the Note to def. 4. "A woman who had been married to her twenty-fifth husband, and being now a widow, was prohibited to marry." (Evelyn)
We say, a man is married to or marries a woman; or, a woman is married to or marries a man. Both of these uses are equally well authorised; but given in marriage is said only of the woman. "They got him [the Duke of Monmouth] . . . To declare in writing, that the last king [Charles II] told him he was never married to his mother." (Bp. Lloyd)
Origin: OE. Marien, F. Marier, L. Maritare, fr. Maritus husband, fr. Mas, maris, a male. See Male, and cf. Maritral.
(01 Mar 1998)
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