[ wed-lok ]
/ ˈwɛdˌlɒk /


the state of marriage; matrimony.

Origin of wedlock

before 1100; Middle English wedlok, Old English wedlāc literally, a pledging, equivalent to wed pledge (see wed) + -lāc verbal noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for wedlock

/ (ˈwɛdlɒk) /


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

Word Origin for wedlock

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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Idioms and Phrases with wedlock


see out of wedlock.

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