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The wedding of Louis XIV of France and Maria Theresa of Spain, June 9th 1660


Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English wedding, weddynge, from Old English weddung (betrothal, espousal), equivalent to wed +‎ -ing. Cognate with Middle Dutch weddinghe.



  1. present participle and gerund of wed
    • 1885, Richard Francis Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, volume 14:
      Accordingly the Prince, accepting her largesse, sought the King to whom he had pledged his parents (and they were still with him in all weal and welfare) and going in to him made his salam and kissed ground and told him the whole tale of the past and the conditions of death or marriage he had made with the King's daughter and of his wedding her after overcoming her in contention.


wedding (plural weddings)

  1. Marriage ceremony; ritual officially celebrating the beginning of a marriage.
    Her announcement was quite a surprise, coming a month after she published the words "I hate weddings with a passion and a fury I can only partially explain rationally."
  2. Joining of two or more parts.
    The wedding of our three companies took place last week.
    • 1900, Eve Emery Dye, McLoughlin and Old Oregon, 2005 facsimile edition, page 56,
      That wedding of the fur companies is historic.
    • 1991, Richard M. Merelman, Partial Visions: Culture and Politics in Britain, Canada, and the United States, page 162:
      Significantly, Grand Metropolitan elaborates upon the wedding of tradition and consumer narcissim that is the distinctively British version of private-sector collective representations; [] .
    • 2000, Benton E. Gup, New Financial Architecture: Banking Regulation in the 21st Century, page 221:
      The wedding of commercial with universal banking would result in more careful project evaluation and selection and a closer monitoring of existing loans.
    • 2002, Lynn Abbott, Doug Seroff, Out of Sight: The Rise of African American Popular Music, 1889-1895, page 176:
      The wedding of black brass bands and orchestras to jubilee concert companies was a consolidation that favored both promoters and musicians.
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Conversion of wedding (noun) to verb.


wedding (third-person singular simple present weddings, present participle weddinging, simple past and past participle weddinged)

  1. (intransitive, humorous) To participate in a wedding.
    • 1905, Hubert Garle with George Morland and Percy Fairclough, A driving tour in the Isle of Wight[1], page 116:
      "Snowball" was the name of this good steed, and great care had evidently been taken in her grooming to make her worthy of her name, her bridle being also gaily decked with coloured ribbons, for, as John said, when attending to these duties, "You don't go out a weddinging every day, do you, old gal?"
    • 1909, Daisy E. M. F. Campbell, “Miss Yin Yang, of Shanghai”, in The New England magazine, volume 40:
      "Where you goin' get weddinged?" she inquired one day. / "We shall be married at the Episcopal Church, Yin Yang,"
    • 1998 July 3, “NET-HAPPENINGS Digest”, in[2] (Usenet):
      Getting married is entirely different than getting weddinged.
    • 2002, Whitney Balliett, Collected Works: A Journal of Jazz 1954-2001, page 78:
      (In her private life this year, three of her children have been married, in quick succession, leaving her "weddinged out.")
    • 2010, Edward Anchel, Lost in Vegas:
      It was the most opportune time; I had my agenda and she had hers, and I suspected that she and Susan would be “weddinged” out by the time they got home
    • 2010 October 20, “Sideshow: Stop the press:...”, in Philadelphia Inquirer, The:
      Wasn't he the dude she weddinged with in her "Love All Over Me" vid? Sure was. . .