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wedlock Line breaks: wed|lock
Pronunciation: /ˈwɛdlɒk/

Definition of wedlock in English:


[mass noun]
The state of being married.
Example sentences
  • He's 22 next month and already they're shoving him up the aisle into wedlock.
  • Their results provide strong indications that policymakers who are promoting wedlock are indeed serving the public well.
  • For, wedlock these days is determined not by the heart but by one's ‘fortunes’.
marriage, matrimony, holy matrimony, married state, union, conjugal bond


born in (or out of) wedlock
Born of married (or unmarried) parents: the story concerns a woman who conceives a child out of wedlock and is rejected by the baby’s father
More example sentences
  • For example, there was the case of one child born out of wedlock, whose parents had subsequently married.
  • He's a lot older than us because he was born out of wedlock, while my parents were still in high school.
  • 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).

Words that rhyme with wedlock

deadlock, headlock
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