Opsigamy

Opsigamy

ɑpˈsɪɡəmi

Noun

  • Marriage at an old age.

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Example Sentences

“Older people are starting to use dating apps to find partners later in life, and opsigamy might be on the rise.”

“Opsigamy once raised eyebrows, but it’s now more common for people to wait to get married until they are older.”

“If you find a perfect partner later in life, opsigamy is a wonderful thing to try.”

Word Origin

Greek, early 20th century

Why this word?

“Opsigamy” is formed by combining the ancient Greek “ὀψέ,” or “opsé” (meaning “late”), with the suffix “-gamy,” meaning “marriage.” Calling it “opsigamy” might make it sound out of the ordinary, but getting married later in life is very common, especially among celebrities. Barbra Streisand married her current husband, James Brolin, when she was 56 and he was 58. Harrison Ford married Calista Flockhart when he was 67 and she was 45. George Takei was 71 when he wed Brad Altman, his partner of 20 years, almost the moment same-sex marriage became legal in the United States.

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