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    Question alter

    Hello

    I have a question.

    In a drama, there is this conversation.

    Husband: My mother... headed for the alter.
    Wife: She’s getting married?

    I understand "alter" means "change", so it could be anything.
    But the wife knows it is about marriage.

    Does "Headed for the alter" mean "to get married"?

    Thank you,
    Tara

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    Re: alter

    Altar :)

    Definition of altar - Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

    They sound the same, but they are completely different words, as you can see. Yes, "headed for the altar" means they are getting married (since the wedding ceremony in a church takes place in front of the altar).


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    #3

    Re: alter

    Yes, and "left at the altar" means the groom (or bride) didn't show up for the ceremony. :(

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    Re: alter

    Hello Barb_D,

    Oh, "altar"!
    I won't forget about these two words.

    Thank you very much for your reply and kind explanation about "headed for
    the altar".

    Have a nice weekend.

    Tara

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    #5

    Re: alter

    Hello Delmobile,

    Thank you for telling me about "left at the altar".

    Since the situation seems to happen a lot in movies or novels,
    it's good to know.

    Have a nice weekend!

    Tara

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