Origin of in-lawback-formation from mother-in-law, father-in-law, and the like
Informal a relative by marriage
being a (specified type of relative) by marriage, not by descent in the same family line
A relative by marriage.
Origin of in-lawBack-formation from such compounds as mother-in-law
- Alternative spelling of in-law.
(third-person singular simple present inlaws, present participle inlawing, simple past and past participle inlawed)
- Common family triangles include a child and his or her parents; two children and one parent; a parent, a child, and a grandparent; three siblings; or, husband, wife, and an in-law.
- After all, you made it through attire fittings, in-law coordination, and a myriad of details and still managed to say "I do."
- However they can add storage or an in-law apartment, or a quiet studio, office or game room to a home.
- In the next year he returned in arms, raised Wessex in revolt, and compelled the king to in-law him again, to restore his earldom, and to dismiss with ignominy the Norman favorites who were hunted over seas.