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Matrimony

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Matrimony

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.

(Science: botany) matrimony vine, a climbing thorny vine (Lycium barbarum) of the potato family.

Synonym: marriage, wedlock. See marriage.

Origin: oe. Matrimoine, through old french, fr. L. Matrimonium, fr. Mater mother. See mother.