AskDefine | Define wedlock

The Collaborative Dictionary

Wedlock \Wed"lock\, v. t. To marry; to unite in marriage; to wed. [R.] "Man thus wedlocked." --Milton. [1913 Webster]
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]
The ceremony, or the state, of marriage; matrimony. "That blissful yoke . . . that men clepeth [call] spousal, or wedlock." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] For what is wedlock forced but a hell, An age of discord or continual strife? --Shak. [1913 Webster]
A wife; a married woman. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] Syn: See Marriage. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wedlock n : the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union" [syn: marriage, matrimony, union, spousal relationship]

Moby Thesaurus

a world-without-end bargain, alliance, bed, bond of matrimony, bridebed, cohabitation, conjugal bond, conjugal knot, coverture, holy matrimony, holy wedlock, husbandhood, ill-assorted marriage, intermarriage, interracial marriage, marriage, marriage bed, marriage sacrament, match, matrimonial union, matrimony, mesalliance, misalliance, miscegenation, mixed marriage, nuptial bond, sacrament of matrimony, spousehood, union, wedded bliss, wedded state, weddedness, wedding knot, wifehood



  1. matrimony or the state of being married

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