From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmarriedmar‧ried /ˈmærid/ ●●● S2 W2 adjective 1 MARRYhaving a husband or a wife Are you married or single? They’ve been married for eight years. Married men earn 70 percent more than single men.married to Nicole is married to my brother. We’re getting married (=marrying) next month.married couple/man/woman a happily married man When she first came to London, she was newly married and out of work. So, how do you like married life?2 → be married to something• You are married to someone: He is married to an American.Last year I got married to Tom. ✗Don’t say: He is married with an American. | Last year I got married with Tom.• You use married with when talking about how many children someone has: Richard is now happily married with two young children.COLLOCATIONSverbsbe marriedShe’s married now, and living in London.get married (=to have a wedding)Did you know that they are going to get married?stay marriedI cannot stay married to a man I do not love.be married with children (=to be married and have children)Kevin is married with four children.adverbshappily married (=in a happy relationship with your husband or wife)I have been happily married for nine years.unhappily married (=not in a happy relationship with your husband or wife)They were behaving like an unhappily married old couple.newly/recently married (=married not long ago)The newly married couple arrived at their hotel.nounsa married man/womanBy 1957 a third of married women were working.a married coupleMost of their friends are married couples.married lifeThroughout her married life, her husband’s interests had come first.somebody’s married name (=a woman’s last name, when she has changed it to her husband’s name)She gave them Pat’s married name and address.married quarters (=where soldiers live with their wives)Can a soldier’s wife continue to live in married quarters if her husband leaves her? THESAURUSmarried having a husband or wifeHow long have you been married?a married couplesingle not marriedChris is 45 and still single.single mothersengaged having formally agreed to marry someone in the futureJane and Pete have just got engaged.engaged coupleslive together to share a home and have a sexual relationship, but not be marriedMore and more couples are choosing to live together rather than get married.separated no longer living with your husband or wife because of problems in your marriageI think Joan and Brian are separated now.divorced no longer married because you have legally ended your marriageMy parents got divorced when I was 10.divorced menwidowed no longer married because your husband or wife has diedHe’s a widowed father of two.husband/wife etchusband/wife the man/woman you are married toMy wife’s a teacher.partner the person you live with and have a sexual relationship with. Partner is often used when people are not married, or when you do not know if they are married. It is also used when talking about same-sex couplesHe lives with his partner Ruth and their eight-month-old son.fiancé/fiancée the man/woman you are engaged toHe and fiancée Wendy Hodgson will marry in July.divorcee a woman who is divorcedThe prince announced his intention to marry Mrs Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee.widow/widower a woman or man whose husband or wife has diedImelda Marcos, the widow of the former presidentspouse formal your spouse is your husband or wifeThe rule applies to spouses and children of military personnel.estranged wife/husband formal someone’s estranged husband or wife is one who they do not live with anymoreShe is trying to get her sons back from her estranged husband.someone who is not marriedbachelor a man who has never been marriedHe’s a confirmed bachelor (=a man who has decided he will never marry).spinster old-fashioned a woman who has never been married and is no longer youngThe house was owned by an elderly spinster.
Examples from the Corpusmarried• I went downstairs and they told me they had just got married.• But now she's all married and stuff.• We've been married for 25 years.• There is no way Dona could have left her married life and children behind to sail the seas with pirate lover.• After thirty-two years of married life Barbara had no illusions left.• But the scale of these effects, especially for married men, is small.• Is Robertson your married name?• Aged 53, married, no children.• And Liz is married to my brother, after all.• Geraldine was married to the richest man in France and still pretended she couldn't afford a new outfit.• Nick personable, Eton educated, slightly big boyish looking is 30 and married with two very young children.• Richard is happily married with two young children.• More and more married women were returning to the workplace.married life• Ironically, during that time, Charles and Diana enjoyed the happiest period of their married life.• It was all so different from her own married life.• It was to be more than five years before they were able to lead a normal married life.• We hope that both of you will always enjoy married life, a very long and happy life together.• Our married life has truly begun, and every day it will get better.• Indeed, during their married life he mostly pampered her.• Admittedly they were only nineteen, but surely, he reasoned, there must be more to married life than this?• At the end they look forward to a married life together in a world diminished by the events of the play.