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Why does Russian have three words for marriage?

This terminology isn't specific to Russian language. It's rather a common point for the whole Slavic culture. Замужество ultimately means a status of a married woman who lives at her husband's place (...
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Why does Russian have three words for marriage?

We have more words related to the topic.Брак (wedlock,marriage ) is an official term.The verb is вступить в брак. It is related to both parties (a man and a woman ) Супружество (spousehood ) is the ...
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Why does Russian have three words for marriage?

The existing answers provide a wealth of interesting information. But the questioner is a beginner and so needs a simple guide to talking about marriage and weddings. Here is my attempt: The Most ...
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Why does Russian have three words for marriage?

Cвадьба is a ceremony of getting married, better translation would be wedding. If you mean marriage you could use word брак without concern of direction. Also женитьба describes matchmaking from man's ...
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Gender-neutral synonym for "поженились"

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/...
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Gender-neutral synonym for "поженились"

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. ...
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Why does Russian have three words for marriage?

Just to add, "женитьба" is a noun formed from the verb "жениться", which comes from the word "жена=wife"and literally translates as something like "to get wifed". "Замужество" is formed from the ...
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