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traditional marriage



traditional marriage (countable and uncountable, plural traditional marriages)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see traditional,‎ marriage.
    • 1993, Kenya National Assembly Official Record (Hansard), page 2661:
      The third set is the African traditional marriage as well as the Islamic marriage and the Hindu marriage. This is considered to be a potentially polygamous marriage.
    • 1974, Edmund Ilogu, Christianity and Ibo culture, page 220:
      A great deal has been written about polygamy as a traditional marriage system in all Africa of which Iboland is a part.
  2. a heterosexual marriage; a social or legal union between two people of opposite sex.
    • 2011, Frank Newport/Gallup, For First Time, Majority of Americans Favor Legal Gay Marriage, link:
      For the first time in Gallup's tracking of the issue, a majority of Americans (53%) believe same-sex marriage should be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages.