wedlock

  • 1 Wedlock — may refer to: * Marriage * Wedlock (album), an album by Sunburned Hand of the Man * Wedlock (film), directed by Lewis Teague * Billy Wedlock, an English footballer * Fred Wedlock, an English folk singer …

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  • 2 Wedlock — Wed lock, n. [AS. wedl[=a]c a pledge, be trothal; wedd a pledge + l[=a]c a gift, an offering. See {Wed}, n., and cf. {Lake}, v. i., {Knowledge}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The ceremony, or the state, of marriage; matrimony. That blissful yoke . . . that… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 wedlock — ► NOUN ▪ the state of being married. ● born in (or out of) wedlock Cf. ↑born out of wedlock ORIGIN Old English, «marriage vow» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 Wedlock — Wed lock, v. t. To marry; to unite in marriage; to wed. [R.] Man thus wedlocked. Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 wedlock — index cohabitation (married state), matrimony Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 wedlock — O.E. wedlac pledge giving, marriage vow, from wed + lac, noun suffix meaning actions or proceedings, practice, attested in about a dozen O.E. compounds (Cf. feohtlac warfare ), but this is the only surviving example. Suffix altered by folk… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 wedlock — *marriage, matrimony, nuptial, espousal, wedding …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 wedlock — [n] marriage alliance, association, conjugality, connubiality, coupling, espousal, holy matrimony, mating, matrimony, nuptials, spousal, union, wedded bliss*, wedding; concepts 297,388 …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 wedlock — [wed′läk΄] n. [ME wedlok < OE wedlac < wed, a compact, pledge + lac, an offering, gift, akin to ON leikr, play, Goth laiks, a dance < IE base * leig , to leap, hop > Sans rḗjatē, (he) hops] the state of being married; matrimony …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 wedlock — n. 1) to join in wedlock 2) out of wedlock (born out of wedlock) * * * [ wedlɒk] to join in wedlock out of wedlock (born out of wedlock) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 Wedlock — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel Wedlock Produktionsland USA …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 12 wedlock — [[t]we̱dlɒk[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT Wedlock is the state of being married. [OLD FASHIONED] Syn: marriage 2) PHRASE: PHR after v If a baby is born in wedlock, it is born while its parents are married. If it is born out of wedlock, it is born at a time… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 Wedlock — Recorded as Widlake, Wedlock, Wedlake, Woodlock and possibly others, this is an English and also Irish surname. It originates from a pre 7th century personal name Wudlac, translating as play wood , and descends from a Wiltshire landowner called… …

    Surnames reference

  • 14 wedlock — wed|lock [ˈwedlɔk US la:k] n [U] old use [: Old English; Origin: wedlac, from wedd something given to show that a promise will be kept + lac actions, activity ] 1.) born out of wedlock if a child is born out of wedlock, its parents are not… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 wedlock — wed|lock [ wed,lak ] noun uncount OLD FASHIONED the state of being married: in/out of wedlock: He was born out of wedlock (=his parents were not married) …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 wedlock — noun (U) old use 1 born out of wedlock if a child is born out of wedlock, its parents are not married when it is born 2 the state of being married …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 wedlock — UK [ˈwedˌlɒk] / US [ˈwedˌlɑk] noun [uncountable] old fashioned the state of being married in/out of wedlock: He was born out of wedlock (= his parents were not married) …

    English dictionary

  • 18 wedlock — wed•lock [[t]ˈwɛdˌlɒk[/t]] n. the state of marriage; matrimony: joined in wedlock; born out of wedlock[/ex] • Etymology: bef. 1100; ME wedlok, OE wedlāc lit., a pledging =wed pledge (see wed) + lāc verbal n. suffix …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 wedlock — See: BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 20 wedlock — See: BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK …

    Dictionary of American idioms


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