Wed, v. t. [imp. Wedded; p. p. Wedded or Wed; p. pr. & vb. n. Wedding.]
1. To take for husband or for wife by a formal ceremony; to marry; to espouse.
With this ring I thee wed. --Bk. of Com. Prayer.
I saw thee first, and wedded thee. --Milton.
2. To join in marriage; to give in wedlock.
And Adam, wedded to another Eve,
Shall live with her. --Milton.
3. Fig.: To unite as if by the affections or the bond of marriage; to attach firmly or indissolubly.
Thou art wedded to calamity. --Shak.
Men are wedded to their lusts. --Tillotson.
[Flowers] are wedded thus, like beauty to old age. --Cowper.
4. To take to one's self and support; to espouse. [Obs.]
They positively and concernedly wedded his cause. --Clarendon.
Wed·ding n. Nuptial ceremony; nuptial festivities; marriage; nuptials.
Simple and brief was the wedding, as that of Ruth and of Boaz. --Longfellow.
Note: ☞ 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.
Note: ☞ 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.
Wedding favor, a marriage favor. See under Marriage.
n 1: the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is
performed [syn: wedding ceremony, nuptials, hymeneals]
2: the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony; "their marriage
was conducted in the chapel" [syn: marriage, marriage
3: a party of people at a wedding [syn: wedding party]
adj : having been taken in marriage [syn: wedded]
n : the fourth day of the week; the third working day [syn: Wednesday]
v 1: take in marriage [syn: marry, get married, conjoin, hook
up with, get hitched with, espouse]
2: perform a marriage ceremony; "The minister married us on
Saturday"; "We were wed the following week"; "The couple
got spliced on Hawaii" [syn: marry, tie, splice]
[also: wedding, wedded]