[ in-law, in-law ]
/ ɪnˈlɔ, ˈɪnˌlɔ /

verb (used with object) Law.

to restore (an outlaw) to the benefits and protection of the law.

Nearby words

  1. inland revenue,
  2. inland sea,
  3. inlander,
  4. inlandish,
  5. inlaut,
  6. inlay,
  7. inlay graft,
  8. inlaying,
  9. inlet,
  10. inlier

Origin of inlaw

before 1000; Middle English inlawen, Old English inlagian. See in-1, law1

Related formsin·law·ry, noun


[ in-law ]
/ ˈɪnˌlɔ /


a relative by marriage.

Origin of in-law

1890–95; back formation from mother-in-law, brother-in-law, etc. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inlaw

  • If the clergy would give him a voluntary gift, which was in no way to be considered a tax, he agreed to inlaw them.

  • We are going to hold you as a hostage until your Saxon master or your British father pay ransom for you, and inlaw us again.

    A Prince of Cornwall|Charles W. Whistler
  • I may not go against the word of the Moot, and inlaw you again by giving you a place.

    A Thane of Wessex|Charles W. Whistler
  • I cannot inlaw you again, Heregar; for that must needs be done in full Moot, as was the outlawry.

    A Thane of Wessex|Charles W. Whistler

British Dictionary definitions for inlaw



a relative by marriage


(postpositive; in combination) related by marriagea father-in-law

Word Origin for in-law

C19: back formation from father-in-law, etc

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Word Origin and History for inlaw


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