wedding

A wedding is a celebration or ceremony of marriage. Besides being a formal way to mark the union of two people, weddings can be a lot of fun too.

The earliest meaning of wedding was simply "the state of being married," but by the early 1400s it meant the ceremony or rite at the very beginning of a marriage. A wedding can be a simple civil ceremony at City Hall or an elaborate event that takes place over several days and involves religious rituals, food and drink, and hundreds of guests. As an adjective, wedding describes anything related to the ceremony, like wedding cakes and wedding dresses.

Definitions of wedding
  1. noun
    the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony
    synonyms: marriage, marriage ceremony
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    bridal, espousal
    archaic terms for a wedding or wedding feast
    civil marriage
    a marriage performed by a government official rather than by a clergyman
    love match
    a marriage for love's sake; not an arranged marriage
    remarriage
    the act of marrying again
    type of:
    rite, ritual
    any customary observance or practice
  2. noun
    the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed
    synonyms: hymeneals, nuptials, wedding ceremony
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    ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance
    a formal event performed on a special occasion
  3. noun
    a party of people at a wedding
    synonyms: wedding party
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    party
    a group of people gathered together for pleasure
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