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Noah Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language 1856
Definition of WIFE: The lawful consort of a man; a woman who is united to a man in the lawful bonds of wedlock; the correlative of Husband.
The husband of one wife. – I Tim. iii.
Let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself, and let the wife see that she reverence her husband. – Eph v.
Definition of HUSBAND: 1. A man contracted or joined to a woman by marriage. A man to whom a woman is betrothed, as well as one actually united by marriage, is called a husband. Lev. xix. Deut. xxii.
2. In seamen’s language, the owner of a ship who manages its concerns in person. Mar. Dict.
3. The male of animals of a lower order. Dryden.
4. An economist; a good manager; a man who knows and practices the methods of frugality and profit. In this sense, the word is modified by an epithet; as a good husband; a bad husband. Davies. Collier. (But in America, this application of the word is little or not at all used.)
5. A farmer; a cultivator; a tiller of the ground. Bacon. Dryden. (In this sense it is not used in America; we always use HUSBANDMAN.)
Definition of MARRIAGE: 1. The act of uniting a man and woman for life, wedlock; the legal union of a man and woman for life. Marriage is a contract both civil and religious, by which the parties engage to live together in mutual affection and fidelity till death shall separate them. Marriage was instituted by God himself, for the purpose of preventing the promiscuous intercourse of the sexes, for promoting domestic felicity, and for securing the maintenance and education of children.
Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled. – Heb. xiii.
2. The feast made on the occasion of a marriage.
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son. – Matt. xxii.
3. In a scriptural sense, the union between Christ and his church by the covenant of grace. Rev. xix.
Webster, Noah, AN AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, Massachusetts, George and Charles Merriam, 1856