One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The fact or state of being married; wedlock. Also occasionally figurative, especially with reference to the idea of symbolic marriage to God or Christ.
2A spouse; spouses collectively. rare.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Cursor Mundi: a Northumbrian poem of the 14th century. Partly (i) from Anglo-Norman esposage, espusage wedlock, marriage, betrothal, with elision of the initial vowel.
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