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wedlock

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noun wed·lock \ˈwed-ˌläk\

Simple Definition of wedlock

  • : the state of being married

Full Definition of wedlock

  1. :  the state of being married :  marriage, matrimony

out of wedlock
  1. :  with the natural parents not legally married to each other

Examples of wedlock

  1. <joined the happy couple in holy wedlock>



Origin of wedlock

Middle English wedlok, from Old English wedlāc marriage bond, from wedd pledge + -lāc, suffix denoting activity


First Known Use: 13th century




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