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    Smile matrimony vs. marriage

    Rev George Bringham flew ahead of the couple on the wings of a third aircraft and brought the Lancashire couple together in holy matrimony over an airborne communications system.
    What's the difference between the 'marriage' and matrimony'? Can I replace matrimony with marriage?

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    Re: matrimony vs. marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    What's the difference between the 'marriage' and matrimony'? Can I replace matrimony with marriage?

    Thanks!
    The words "holy matrimony" go together. You could replace that phrase with "marriage" in this case. In general, "marriage" is a far more common word.

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    Smile Re: matrimony vs. marriage

    Raymott, thank you for your help.

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    Re: matrimony vs. marriage

    Couples are said to be 'joined/united in holy matrimony' by the pastor in a church wedding ceremony. It is a formal and sacred term for marriage.

    It is not used in everyday language. You don't say, 'I am going to attend my relative's matrimony'. Lawyers would use the word in legal documents - matrimonial dispute, matrimonial property law.

    not a teacher

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    Smile Re: matrimony vs. marriage

    Hello Tedtmc, thank you for your great supplement! I see!

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    Re: matrimony vs. marriage

    A Also, "matrimony" is only ever used (I think...) in the context of a marirage contract/service/social arrangement. The word "marriage" can be used in idioms and collocations that have nothing to do with matrimony:

    Examples:
    HP and Compaq merged in 2001 [?] but the marriage was not consummated fully until ....
    The invention of satellite broadcasting represents the marriage of terrestrial TV and the science of geo-stationary satellites.
    Microsoft's deal with DEC was only a marriage of convenience.
    Bob Dylan's teaming up with Mark Knopfler on the Slow Train Coming was a marriage of poetic genius with musical virtuosity.
    ...


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    Smile Re: matrimony vs. marriage

    Hello BobK,

    Thank you for illustrating the usages of the two words.

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    Re: matrimony vs. marriage

    Matrimonial is used for the advertisement and information space in TV or Newspaper, given for the purpose of making an alliance between a boy and a girl. It sounds decent than Marriage advertisement.

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    Re: matrimony vs. marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by SUDHKAMP View Post
    Matrimonial is used for the advertisement and information space in TV or Newspaper, given for the purpose of making an alliance between a boy and a girl. It sounds decent than Marriage advertisement.
    Hi SUDHKAMP,

    Thank you for your answer.

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