• A union of two or more people that creates a family tie and carries legal, social, and/or religious rights and responsibilities.
  • A wedding; a ceremony in which people wed.
  • A close union.
  • A joining of two parts.
  • A king and a queen, when held as a hand in some versions of poker or melded in pinochle.
  • In solitaire or patience games, the placing a card of the same suit on the next one above or below it in value.
  • A homosexual relationship between male prisoners.


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  • From Middle English mariage, from Old French mariage, from marier, from Latin marītō, from maritus, from mas. Equivalent to marry + -age. maritage. Displaced native .

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