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[wed-lok] /ˈwɛdˌlɒk/
the state of marriage; matrimony.
Origin of wedlock
before 1100; Middle English wedlok, Old English wedlāc literally, a pledging, equivalent to wed pledge (see wed) + -lāc verbal noun suffix Unabridged
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  • “You think it is an offer of wedlock from a churchyard knight,” he said.

    Madelon Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Beside this, it was a most perilous time for a priest to think of wedlock.

    For the Master's Sake Emily Sarah Holt
  • Suppose that you get him to break this wedlock, will you give him another woman to deceive?

  • This he consented to do, and we were accordingly united in the bonds of wedlock.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • Love is sometimes said to be blind in the days of wooing, but wearing magnifying glasses after wedlock.

British Dictionary definitions for wedlock


the state of being married
born out of wedlock, born when one's parents are not legally married
Word Origin
Old English wedlāc, from wedd pledge + -lāc, suffix denoting activity, perhaps from lāc game, battle (related to Gothic laiks dance, Old Norse leikr)
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Word Origin and History for wedlock

Old English wedlac "pledge-giving, marriage vow," from wed + -lac, noun suffix meaning "actions or proceedings, practice," attested in about a dozen Old English compounds (cf. feohtlac "warfare"), but this is the only surviving example. Suffix altered by folk etymology through association with lock (n.1). Meaning "condition of being married" is recorded from early 13c.

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