4. Any intimate or close union. Marriage brokage. The business of bringing about marriages. The payment made or demanded for the procurement of a marriage. Marriage favors, knots of white ribbons, or bunches of white flowers, worn at weddings. Marriage settlement, a settlement of property in view, and in consideration, of marriage.
marriage, matrimony, wedlock. Marriage is properly the act which unites the two parties, and matrimony the state into which they enter. Marriage is, however, often used for the state as well as the act. Wedlock is the old Anglo-Saxon term for matrimony.