wedding Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed
    hymeneals; wedding ceremony; nuptials.
  2. noun the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony
    marriage; marriage ceremony.
    • their marriage was conducted in the chapel
  3. noun a party of people at a wedding
    wedding party.
  4. verb take in marriage
    get hitched with; wed; marry; conjoin; get married; espouse; hook up with.
  5. verb perform a marriage ceremony
    tie; marry; splice; wed.
    • The minister married us on Saturday
    • We were wed the following week
    • The couple got spliced on Hawaii


Wed"ding noun
AS. wedding.
  1. Nuptial ceremony; nuptial festivities; marriage; nuptials.
    Simple and brief was the wedding, as that of Ruth and of Boaz. Longfellow.
    ✍ Certain anniversaries of an unbroken marriage have received fanciful, and more or less appropriate, names. Thus, the fifth anniversary is called the wooden wedding; the tenth, the tin wedding; the fifteenth, the crystal wedding; the twentieth, the china wedding; the twenty-fifth, the silver wedding; the fiftieth, the golden wedding; the sixtieth, the diamond wedding. These anniversaries are often celebrated by appropriate presents of wood, tin, china, silver, gold, etc., given by friends. Wedding is often used adjectively; as, wedding cake, wedding cards, wedding clothes, wedding day, wedding feast, wedding guest, wedding ring, etc.
    Let her beauty be her wedding dower. Shak.

Webster 1913