wedlock

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English wedlok, wedlocke (wedlock, marriage, matrimony), from Old English wedlāc (marriage vow, pledge, plighted troth, wedlock), from wedd (pledge) + -lāc, suffix denoting activity or process, equivalent to wed +‎ -lock.

Noun[edit]

wedlock (countable and uncountable, plural wedlocks)

  1. The state of being married; matrimony.
  2. (obsolete) A wife; a married woman.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)

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