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The state of being married; matrimony.
out of wedlock
Of parents not legally married to each other: born out of wedlock.
[Middle English wedlocke, from Old English wedlāc : wedd, pledge + -lāc, n. suff. expressing activity.]
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1. the state of being married
2. (Law) born out of wedlock born when one's parents are not legally married
[Old English wedlāc, from wedd pledge + -lāc, suffix denoting activity, perhaps from lāc game, battle (related to Gothic laiks dance, Old Norse leikr)]
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the state of marriage; matrimony: joined in wedlock; born out of wedlock.
[before 1100; Middle English wedlok, Old English wedlāc literally, a pledging =wed pledge (see wed) + -lāc verbal n. suffix]
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|Noun||1.||wedlock - the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"|
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
marital status - the condition of being married or unmarried
bigamy - having two spouses at the same time
common-law marriage - a marriage relationship created by agreement and cohabitation rather than by ceremony
endogamy, inmarriage, intermarriage - marriage within one's own tribe or group as required by custom or law
exogamy, intermarriage - marriage to a person belonging to a tribe or group other than your own as required by custom or law
marriage of convenience - a marriage for expediency rather than love
misalliance - an unsuitable alliance (especially with regard to marriage)
monandry - the state of having only one husband at a time
open marriage - a marriage in which each partner is free to enter into extraneous sexual relationships without guilt or jealousy from the other
cuckoldom - the state of a husband whose wife has committed adultery
polygamy - having more than one spouse at a time
sigeh - a Shiite tradition of temporary marriage permitted in Iran that allows a couple to specify the terms of their relationship; can last from a few minutes to 99 years; "sigeh legally wraps premarital sex in an Islamic cloak"
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noun marriage, matrimony, holy matrimony, married state, conjugal bond One in every four children are now born outside wedlock.
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
wedlock[ˈwɛdlɒk] n → liens mpl du mariage
to be born out of wedlock → être né(e) hors des liens du mariage
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Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
wedlock[ˈwɛdlɒk] n (old) → vincolo matrimoniale
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
the state of being married. getroud زَواج، زَوجِيَّه брак matrimônio manželství die Ehe ægteskab παντρειάmatrimonio abielu پيوند زناشويي avioliitto mariage נִישוּאִים विवाह अवस्था brak házasság ikatan perkawinan hjónaband matrimonio 結婚生活 혼인, 결혼 생활 santuoka laulība hidup sebagai suami isteri huwelijkse staat ektestand stan małżeński matrimónio căsnicie, viaţă conjugală супружество manželstvo zakonski stan brak äktenskap สภาวะการสมรส; ชีวิตการสมรส evlilik 已婚狀態 шлюб حالت ازدواج đã kết hôn 婚姻，已婚状态
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