(Mar"quet*ry) n. [F. marqueterie, from marqueter to checker, inlay, fr. marque mark, sign; of
German origin. See Mark a sign.] Inlaid work; work inlaid with pieces of wood, shells, ivory, and the
like, of several colors.
(Mar"quis) n. [F. marquis, OF. markis, marchis, LL. marchensis; of German origin; cf. G. mark
bound, border, march, OHG. marcha. See March border, and cf. Marchioness, Marquee, Marquess.]
A nobleman in England, France, and Germany, of a rank next below that of duke. Originally, the marquis
was an officer whose duty was to guard the marches or frontiers of the kingdom. The office has ceased,
and the name is now a mere title conferred by patent.
(Mar"quis*ate) n. [Cf. F. marquisat.] The seigniory, dignity, or lordship of a marquis; the
territory governed by a marquis.
(Mar"quis*dom) n. A marquisate. [Obs.] "Nobles of the marquisdom of Saluce." Holinshed.
(||Mar`quise") n. [F. See Marquis, and cf. Marquee.] The wife of a marquis; a marchioness.
(Mar"quis*ship) n. A marquisate.
(Mar"ram) n. (Bot.) A coarse grass found on sandy beaches See Beach grass, under Beach.
(Mar"rer) n. One who mars or injures.
(Mar"ri*a*ble) a. [Cf. F. mariable.] Marriageable. [R.] Coleridge.
(Mar"riage) n. [OE. mariage, F. mariage. See Marry, v. t.]
1. The act of marrying, or the state of being married; legal union of a man and a woman for life, as husband
and wife; wedlock; matrimony.
Marriage is honorable in all.Heb. xiii. 4.
2. The marriage vow or contract. [Obs.] Chaucer.
3. A feast made on the occasion of a marriage.
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king which made a marriage for his son.Matt. xxii. 2.
4. Any intimate or close union.
Marriage brokage. (a) The business of bringing about marriages. (b) The payment made or demanded
for the procurement of a marriage. Marriage favors, knots of white ribbons, or bunches of white
flowers, worn at weddings. Marriage settlement (Law), a settlement of property in view, and in
consideration, of marriage.
Syn. Matrimony; wedlock; wedding; nuptials. Marriage, Matrimony, Wedlock. Marriage is properly
the act which unites the two parties, and matrimony the state into which they enter. Marriage is,
however, often used for the state as well as the act. Wedlock is the old Anglo-Saxon term for matrimony.