Definition of wedlock noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈwedlɒk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwedlɑːk//
[uncountable] (old-fashioned or law) Marriage
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the state of being married children born in/out of wedlock (= whose parents are/are not married) See related entries: Marriage Word Originlate Old English wedlāc ‘marriage vow’, from wed ‘pledge’ (related to wed) + the suffix -lāc (denoting action).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: wedlock