• (in some jurisdictions) a union between partners of the same sex. is MARRIAGE;
1 the formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife: she has three children from a previous marriage.
• [ mass noun ] the state of being married: women want equality in marriage.
• (in some jurisdictions) a union between partners of the same sex.
2 a combination or mixture of elements: her music is a marriage of funk, jazz, and hip hop.
by marriage as a result of a marriage. the estate passed by marriage to the Burlingtons.
in marriage as husband or wife: he asked my father for my hand in marriage.
ORIGIN Middle English: from Old French mariage, from marier ‘marry’.
80 percent of Israelis regard themselves as poor. 23 percent of the pensioners are living below the poverty line. Poverty among children increased in 1988 to 2005 by about 50 percent. Approximately one fifth of all under-age children (714.000) in Israel are suffering from hunger (cf. Shaoul 2006). 75 percent of the poor families cannot afford medicine and 70 percent are dependant on food donations (cf. Sinai 2005b).