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daughter-in-law

[ daw-ter-in-law ]
/ ˈdɔ tər ɪnˌlɔ /
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noun, plural daugh·ters-in-law.

the wife of one's child.

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Origin of daughter-in-law

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English doughter in lawe; see origin at daughter, in, law1; from Middle English in-lawe “in law,” i.e., “a person within the regulation and protection of the law,” based on the prohibition by Roman civil law and, later, Christian canon law, of marriages within four degrees of consanguinity, i.e., up to and including first cousins
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British Dictionary definitions for daughter-in-law

daughter-in-law

noun plural daughters-in-law

the wife of one's son
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