Origin of wedlockMiddle English wedlok from Old English wedlac from wed, a compact, pledge + -lac, an offering, gift, akin to Old Norse leikr, play, Gothic laiks, a dance from Indo-European base an unverified form leig-, to leap, hop from source Sanskrit r?jat?, (he) hops
Origin of wedlockMiddle English wedlocke from Old English wedlāc wedd pledge -lāc n. suff. expressing activity
From Middle English wedlok, wedlocke (“wedlock, marriage, matrimony"), from Old English wedlÄc (“marriage vow, pledge, plighted troth, wedlock"), from wedd (“pledge") + -lÄc, suffix denoting activity or process, equivalent to wed +"Ž -lock.
- After only a few months of wedlock his wife died, and Gallatin was once more alone.
- He has two sons, neither of them born in wedlock; one, Modred, is alike his son and his nephew.
- It was supposed that he would marry the queen regnant, Christina, but her unsurmountable objection to wedlock put an end to these anticipations, and to compensate her cousin for a broken half-promise she declared him (1649) her successor, despite the opposition of the senate headed by the venerable Axel Oxenstjerna.
- They must be learned presbyters at least thirty years of age, born in lawful wedlock, and of good life and behaviour.
- Into a land of harems, a land of polygamy, a land where women are married without ever being seen, he introduced the flirtations and jealousies of our ball-rooms. In a land where there is boundless liberty of divorce, wedlock is described as the indissoluble compact.