marital

Use the adjective marital to describe something that relates to a marriage. You may envy the marital contentment of spouses who communicate well with each other.

When you pronounce marital, put the accent on the first syllable and use the short i sound: "MAR i tul." Now you're ready to ask people, "What is your marital status?" They'll answer that they're single or married, or possibly engaged, widowed, divorced, or living as unmarried partners. Marital comes from Latin: maritalis, meaning "of or belonging to married people," and maritus, meaning "husband."

Definitions of marital
  1. adjective
    of or relating to the state of marriage
    marital status”
    marital fidelity”
    synonyms: married, matrimonial
Commonly confused words

marital / martial

Marital and martial look almost alike, but the only time they overlap is when you declare war on your spouse. Marital has to do with marriage, and martial is concerned with fighting.

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