Wedlock definition

wĕdlŏk
The state of being married; matrimony.
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The state of being married; matrimony.
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The state of being married; matrimony.
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out of wedlock
  • Of parents not legally married to each other:
    Born out of wedlock.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
wedlock
Plural:
wedlocks

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of wedlock

  • Middle English wedlocke from Old English wedlāc wedd pledge -lāc n. suff. expressing activity

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English wedlok, wedlocke (“wedlock, marriage, matrimony"), from Old English wedlāc (“marriage vow, pledge, plighted troth, wedlock"), from wedd (“pledge") + -lāc, suffix denoting activity or process, equivalent to wed +"Ž -lock.

    From Wiktionary