wedlock


wed·lock

noun \ˈwed-ˌläk\

: the state of being married

Full Definition of WEDLOCK

:  the state of being married :  marriage, matrimony
out of wedlock
:  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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