wedlock

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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.
    • 1601, Ben Jonson, The Poetaster:
      Which of these is thy Wedlock, Menelaus? thy Hellen? thy Lucrece? that we may do her Honour; mad Boy?

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