- a relative by marriage.
Origin of in-law
Related Wordsfather, sibling, mother, cousin, folk, uncle, niece, aunt, clan, tribe, group, people, house, household, agnate, cognate, connection, blood, folks, relation
Examples from the Web for in-law
He wants to be surrounded by his family, his children, his in-law children, and his doctors, with whom he is extremely close.Peter Goodwin Is Dying: An Assisted-Suicide Doctor Invokes Law He Built
March 4, 2012
You see, this Ambrose Wood party is only an in-law once removed.Torchy As A Pa
"The doctor's bull-dog is an 'in-law,' too," laughed Mrs. Smith.Ethel Morton's Holidays
Mabell S. C. Smith
It is the "in-law" that is so exquisitely amusing and irresistible.
Any man dat will telegram a message to save his rich mud'-in-law from maybe sudden apoplexy, he is one saint, sure!
My mud'-in-law she is de devil for prayin', an' she is poody stout, po' t'ing!
- a relative by marriage
- (postpositive; in combination) related by marriagea father-in-law
Word Origin and History for in-law
1894, "anyone of a relationship not natural," abstracted from father-in-law, etc.
The position of the 'in-laws' (a happy phrase which is attributed ... to her Majesty, than whom no one can be better acquainted with the article) is often not very apt to promote happiness. ["Blackwood's Magazine," 1894]
The earliest recorded use of the phrase is in brother-in-law (13c.); the law is Canon Law, which defines degrees of relationship within which marriage is prohibited.