One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The state of being married.
marriage, matrimony, holy matrimony, married state, union, conjugal bondView synonyms
- ‘He seems inclined to accept the steady, court-imposed march of gay wedlock.’
- ‘He claims he was forced to resign because he lives with his partner out of wedlock.’
- ‘But illicit cohabitations and love affairs out of wedlock increased significantly.’
- ‘Give and take is the key to a successful marriage, say a Malmesbury couple who have celebrated 50 years of wedlock.’
- ‘They married in 2002, and their first year of wedlock was documented on a TV show.’
- ‘He's 22 next month and already they're shoving him up the aisle into wedlock.’
- ‘The happy couple were joined in wedlock by local priest Fr. Gerry Chestnutt.’
- ‘People living in the northwest are in poor health, live out of wedlock and look after sick relatives, according to the latest census.’
- ‘The couple were joined in wedlock by Fr, Gerry Chestnutt with the reception held afterwards in the Tower Hotel.’
- ‘Their results provide strong indications that policymakers who are promoting wedlock are indeed serving the public well.’
- ‘Opposition to sex out of wedlock as a concept just seems so outdated.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Terry Prendergast, chief executive of Marriage Care, which counsels couples on coping with the strains of wedlock, agrees.’
- ‘This story makes reference to the age-old anxiety surrounding the idea of legitimacy and wedlock.’
- ‘Holidays together ought to be obligatory for couples thinking of wedlock.’
- ‘In a culture where relationships outside wedlock are frowned upon, many women are living lives of lonely misery, she said.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He told the court that wedlock now was not what it was traditionally.’
born in (or out of) wedlock
Born of married (or unmarried) parents.
- ‘The ‘green paper’ also proposes that children be given equal rights whether or not they were born in wedlock.’’
- ‘More than half of all first children are born out of wedlock.’
- ‘Yes, I didn't want anyone to know I was born out of wedlock, and I didn't want to let anyone know that I was adopted.’
- ‘He's a lot older than us because he was born out of wedlock, while my parents were still in high school.’
- ‘Church law legitimised children born out of wedlock whose parents subsequently married.’
- ‘Nevertheless, there has been a sharp increase in children who are not only born out of wedlock but are raised without a father.’
- ‘Only her first child was born out of wedlock.’
- ‘And one in three children these days is born out of wedlock.’
- ‘For example, there was the case of one child born out of wedlock, whose parents had subsequently married.’
- ‘Usually, if a child is born out of wedlock, the parents will marry to take care of the child.’
Late Old English wedlāc ‘marriage vow’, from wed ‘pledge’ (related to wed) + the suffix -lāc (denoting action).
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