Definition of wedlock in English:

wedlock

noun

  • The state of being married.

    • ‘People living in the northwest are in poor health, live out of wedlock and look after sick relatives, according to the latest census.’
    • ‘This story makes reference to the age-old anxiety surrounding the idea of legitimacy and wedlock.’
    • ‘He told the court that wedlock now was not what it was traditionally.’
    • ‘He claims he was forced to resign because he lives with his partner out of wedlock.’
    • ‘The couple were joined in wedlock by Fr, Gerry Chestnutt with the reception held afterwards in the Tower Hotel.’
    • ‘For, wedlock these days is determined not by the heart but by one's ‘fortunes’.’
    • ‘He was head over heels in love with a German girl by the time he completed medicine and the mutual affection ended in wedlock.’
    • ‘Opposition to sex out of wedlock as a concept just seems so outdated.’
    • ‘He's 22 next month and already they're shoving him up the aisle into wedlock.’
    • ‘But illicit cohabitations and love affairs out of wedlock increased significantly.’
    • ‘He seems inclined to accept the steady, court-imposed march of gay wedlock.’
    • ‘Give and take is the key to a successful marriage, say a Malmesbury couple who have celebrated 50 years of wedlock.’
    • ‘In a culture where relationships outside wedlock are frowned upon, many women are living lives of lonely misery, she said.’
    • ‘The happy couple were joined in wedlock by local priest Fr. Gerry Chestnutt.’
    • ‘Their results provide strong indications that policymakers who are promoting wedlock are indeed serving the public well.’
    • ‘Terry Prendergast, chief executive of Marriage Care, which counsels couples on coping with the strains of wedlock, agrees.’
    • ‘As in much of Europe, many young couples in this overwhelmingly Roman Catholic nation tend to live together out of wedlock.’
    • ‘Living together out of wedlock is more popular among couples today than ever.’
    • ‘Holidays together ought to be obligatory for couples thinking of wedlock.’
    • ‘They married in 2002, and their first year of wedlock was documented on a TV show.’
    marriage, matrimony, holy matrimony, married state, union, conjugal bond
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Origin

Late Old English wedlāc marriage vow from wed pledge (related to wed) + the suffix -lāc (denoting action).

Pronunciation

wedlock

/ˈwedˌläk/