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wedlock

[wed-lok]
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noun
  1. the state of marriage; matrimony.
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Origin of wedlock

before 1100; Middle English wedlok, Old English wedlāc literally, a pledging, equivalent to wed pledge (see wed) + -lāc verbal noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for wedlock

wedlock

noun
  1. the state of being married
  2. born out of wedlock born when one's parents are not legally married
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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

n.

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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Idioms and Phrases with wedlock

wedlock

see out of wedlock.

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