- initial marriage for an individual, expected to be unsuccessful, who is then likely to have subsequent marriages.
2008, Cooper Lawrence, The Cult of Perfection: Making Peace with Your Inner Overachiever, skirt!, page 212:
- "A starter marriage is one where the couple marries young and gets divorced before the arrival of the first child — and usually before the arrival of the first wrinkle. Starter marriages are more common among overachievers.".