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 confessit." (Book of Com. Prayer (Eng. Ed))

2. A kind of game at cards played by several persons.

<botany> Matrimony vine, a climbing thorny vine (Lycium barbarum) of the Potato family.

Synonyms: Marriage, wedlock. See Marriage.

Origin: OE. Matrimoine, through Old French, fr. L. Matrimonium, fr. Mater mother. See Mother.

(01 Mar 1998)

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