1. a judicial declaration dissolving a marriage in whole or in part, especially one that releases the marriage partners from all matrimonial obligations.Compare judicial separation.
  2. any formal separation of husband and wife according to established custom.
  3. total separation; disunion: a divorce between thought and action.

verb (used with object), di·vorced, di·vorc·ing.

  1. to separate by divorce: The judge divorced the couple.
  2. to break the marriage contract between oneself and (one’s spouse) by divorce: She divorced her husband.
  3. to separate; cut off: Life and art cannot be divorced.

verb (used without object), di·vorced, di·vorc·ing.

  1. to get a divorce.


  1. a divorced man.


  1. the dissolution of a marriage by judgment of a court or by accepted custom
  2. a judicial decree declaring a marriage to be dissolved
  3. a separation, esp one that is total or complete


  1. to separate or be separated by divorce; give or obtain a divorce (to a couple or from one’s spouse)
  2. (tr) to remove or separate, esp completely


  1. a man who has been divorced

late 14c., from Old French divorce (14c.), from Latin divortium “separation, dissolution of marriage,” from divertere “to separate, leave one’s husband, turn aside” (see divert). Not distinguished in English from legal separation until mid-19c.


late 14c., from Old French divorcer, from divorce (see divorce (n.)). Related: Divorced; divorcing.

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