Accepting the conception of a child out of love—and out of wedlock.
The results are shocking: 96 percent of babies born to African American high school dropouts are born out of wedlock.
This recognized family rights when paternity is established, whether a child was born in or out of wedlock.
Nearly half of all children born to Hispanic mothers are now born out of wedlock.
This is a country where nearly half of all children are born out of wedlock.
“You think it is an offer of wedlock from a churchyard knight,” he said.
Beside this, it was a most perilous time for a priest to think of wedlock.
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.
Love is sometimes said to be blind in the days of wooing, but wearing magnifying glasses after 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.