As far as I know, "married" (man) is женатый (short form женат) and "married" (woman) is замужняя (short form замужем).

Likewise, the verb "to marry" with a man as the subject is жениться/пожениться and with a woman as the subject, it becomes выходить замуж/выйти замуж.

But, is there a generic word for both genders? How can I say "they got married"?

I've heard of "Они поженились", but I'm not sure.


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Well, there's official and very pompous "сочетаться браком" or even "сочетаться узами брака" but no one sane will use it in casual speech. "Пожениться" is indeed the form that can be used in general.

Other words worth to know:

расписаться (here - зарегистрировать в официальном учреждении свой брак с кем-либо )

бракосочетаться (almost as bad as "сочетаться браком")

обвенчаться - strictly speaking, it's only about a marriage committed in church but in real-life usage it's quite often about any official marriage.

  • Thank you. Which means that, in practice, the generic verb is somewhat discriminatory in favour of men?
    – swrutra
    Jan 25, 2018 at 0:27
  • @swrutra well it's historical fact that for centuries in all (at least) western societies - including English-speaking countries by the way - it's man who was choosing a wife. Is it sexist? May be in some historical perspective I'd say yes. Now? No, definitely no.
    – shabunc
    Jan 25, 2018 at 0:31
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    I've never heard "обвенчаться" said about anything but church marriage. I'm really not sure if you would be understood correctly using обвенчаться meaning non-church marriage.
    – Alissa
    Jan 25, 2018 at 13:25
  • @Alissa my experience is slightly different. It's not that often how, say, ограбление and кража being confused, but still a thing.
    – shabunc
    Jan 25, 2018 at 13:44
  • @shabunc I believe you, but I wouldn't recommend using it to learner. And I'd argue about how often it is used for non-church marriage.
    – Alissa
    Jan 25, 2018 at 14:17

When speaking about a married couple as a whole (in plural) "они поженились", or even "они женаты" can be used, even though, strictly speaking, only the man "поженился/женат", the woman "вышла замуж/замужем". Can't think of any common singular synonym that can be used for both sexes. In more official language, you could say "состоит в браке" or "вступил[а] в брак", "заключил[а] брак" (although the inflection still spoils the gender neutrality somewhat).

  • also in present tense находится в браке a synonym to состоит в браке Jan 25, 2018 at 14:08

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