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noun     marriage pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the relationship between two people who are husband and wife, or a similar relationship between people of the same sex

    a long and happy marriage

    Too many marriages end in divorce.

    by marriage:

    I’m related to Bill by marriage (=he is a relative of my husband or wife).

  2. 2
    [countable] a wedding

    Their marriage is planned for September.

  3. 3
    [countable] a close union between two things

    The merger is a marriage designed to double spending.



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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