The state of being married.
- 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’.
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 fatherMore 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 wedlockdeadlock, headlock
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