marriageable 1550s, from MARRIAGE (Cf. marriage) + -ABLE (Cf. -able). Earlier was mariable (mid-15c.). Related: Marriageability.

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  • marriageable — [mar′i jə bəl] adj. 1. old enough to get married 2. suitable for marriage [of a marriageable age] marriageability n …   English World dictionary

  • Marriageable — Mar riage*a*ble, a. Fit for, or capable of, marriage; of an age at which marriage is allowable. {Mar riage*a*ble*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • marriageable — is spelt with an e in the middle …   Modern English usage

  • marriageable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ fit or suitable for marriage …   English terms dictionary

  • marriageable — [[t]mæ̱rɪʤəb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n If you describe someone as marriageable, you mean that they are suitable for marriage, especially that they are the right age to marry. [OLD FASHIONED] Even girls of marriageable age were often ignorant of the …   English dictionary

  • marriageable — marriageability, marriageableness, n. /mar i jeuh beuhl/, adj. 1. suitable or attractive for marriage: The handsome and successful young man was considered eminently marriageable. 2. of an age suitable for marriage: a marriageable daughter. [1545 …   Universalium

  • marriageable — adjective Date: circa 1575 fit for or capable of marriage < not yet of marriageable age > • marriageability noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • marriageable — mar|riage|a|ble [ˈmærıdʒəbəl] adj old fashioned suitable for marriage ▪ a girl of marriageable age …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • marriageable — adjective old fashioned suitable for marriage: a young woman of marriageable age marriageability noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • marriageable — adjective suitable for marriage; nubile …   Wiktionary

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