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Marriage (dissyll.; trisyll. in Lucr. 221, where it rhymes to rage and sage; in H6A V, 5, 55, and perhaps in V, 1, 21), 1) the act of marrying, of uniting a man and woman for life: “a m. between Master Abraham and Mistress Anne Page,” Wiv. I, 1, 57. “forced m.” V, 5, 243. “there was some speech of m.” Meas. V, 217. “he promised her m.” III, 2, 213. Err. III, 2, 94. Ado I, 3, 47. II, 2, 8. II, 3, 246. III, 2, 1 etc. “to make a m.” Ant. II, 3, 39. “to pass assurance of a dower in m. 'twixt me and one Baptista's daughter,” Shr. IV, 2, 117. “proffers his only daughter to your grace in m.” H6A V, 1, 20. “his daughter meanly have I matched in m.” R3 IV, 3, 37. “to speak for my master in the way of m.” Wiv. I, 4, 89. “never to speak to lady in way of m.” Merch. II, 1, 42. “to woo a maid in way of m.” II, 9, 13. “mocking him about the m. of the Lady Bona,” H6C IV, 1, 31.
2) the performance of the rites by which the union between a man and woman is sanctioned: “consenting to the safeguard of your honour, I thought your m. fit,” Meas. V, 425. “the plain form of m.” Ado IV, 1, 2. “incontinent before m.” As V, 2, 43. “the ceremonial rites of m.” Shr. III, 2, 6. John II, 539. “the vow I made to her in m.” Hml. I, 5, 50.
3) a feast made on occasion of marrying: “at the m. of the king's daughter to the king of Tunis,” Tp. II, 1, 70. “m. tables,” Hml. I, 2, 181. cf. Gent. V, 4, 172. Ado II, 1, 312. II, 2, 58. Merch. III, 2, 53. Shr. III, 2, 15. H5 V, 2, 398.
4) state of perpetual union: “this siege that hath engirt his m.” Lucr. 221. “you violate a twofold m.” R2 V, 1, 72. “the bed of blessed m.” H5 V, 2, 392. Sonn. 116, 1. Ado III, 2, 6. As III, 3, 71. As III, 3, 71 V, 4, 59. Tw. I, 5, 21. H5 V, 2, 387. Oth. III, 3, 268 etc.
Compounds: “m. bed:” Err. II, 1, 27. John III, 1, 245. V, 2, 93. “m. blessing:” Tp. IV, 106. “m. day:” All's V, 3, 70. Rom. V, 3, 233. Per. V, 3, 76. “m. dowry:” Meas. III, 1, 230. “m. feast:” LLL II, 40. Per. III Prol. 4. “m. hour:” Gent. II, 4, 179. “m. joys:” R3 IV, 4, 330. “m. pleasures:” R3 IV, 4, 330. “m. vow:” Wiv. II, 2, 258. Hml. III, 4, 44.
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