What does marriage mean?

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  1. The state of being married. [from 14th c.]
  2. A union of two or more people that creates a family tie and carries legal, social, and/or religious rights and responsibilities. [from 14th c.]
    1. (often specifically) The union of only two people, to the exclusion of all others.
  3. A wedding; a ceremony in which people wed. [from 14th c.]
  4. (figuratively) A close union. [from 15th c.]
  5. A joining of two parts.
  6. (card game) A king and a queen, when held as a hand in Texas hold 'em or melded in pinochle.
  7. (card game) In solitaire or patience games, the placing a card of the same suit on the next one above or below it in value.
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