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wed·lock

 (wĕd′lŏk′)
n.
The state of being married; matrimony.
Idiom:
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.]

wedlock

(ˈwɛdlɒk)
n
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)]

wed•lock

(ˈwɛdˌlɒk)

n.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wedlock - the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)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
monogamousness, monogamy - having only one spouse 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"

wedlock

noun marriage, matrimony, holy matrimony, married state, conjugal bond One in every four children are now born outside wedlock.

wedlock

noun
The state of being united as husband and wife:
Translations
زَواج، زَوجِيَّه
ægteskab
hjónaband
laulība

wedlock

[ˈwedlɒk] N (frm) → matrimonio m
to be born out of wedlocknacer fuera del matrimonio

wedlock

[ˈwɛdlɒk] nliens mpl du mariage
to be born out of wedlock → être né(e) hors des liens du mariage

wedlock

n (form)Ehe f; to be born out of/in wedlockunehelich/ehelich geboren sein

wedlock

[ˈwɛdlɒk] n (old) → vincolo matrimoniale

wedlock

(ˈwedlok) noun
the state of being married.
References in classic literature ?
And am a happy horse, too, though born out of wedlock.
A businesswoman in Sokoto, Rabiat Mustapha, 30, has been remanded in prison custody over alleged murder of her baby born out of wedlock.
In cases of children born out of wedlock, we have been aware of cases where single mothers get involved in relationships with non-South African men and approach Home Affairs offices to record these persons as fathers of their children even if they are not the biological fathers.
Investigations revealed that the infant was born out of wedlock.
They were either born out of wedlock or their parents failed to properly register their birth, embassy attache consular B S Bisht revealed yesterday.
Albert, son of the late American actress Princess Grace, had some subjects worried by his long bachelorhood and his lack of an heir since his two previous children were born out of wedlock and are not eligible for the throne.
Nearly 60% of the babies born in Bulgaria in 2013, or a total of 39 375, were born out of wedlock, according to the National Statistical Institute (NSI).
The study also found that 64 percent of children born out of wedlock see their moms get married, where most of those marriages don't last.
Sana'a: An unidentified woman in northern Yemen left a newborn baby allegedly born out of wedlock to die in a toilet cistern at a local hospital, a local journalist and media outlets said on Wednesday.
Summary: Muscat: Society continues to look down upon children who were born out of wedlock, as .
Correlations (i) between percent of children born out of wedlock & violent crime rates, (ii) between male unemployment rates & rates of violent crime and (iii) partialled correlations [a] between out-of-wedlock & violent crime rates (with male unemployment rates partialled) and [b] between male unemployment violent crime rates (with rates of out-of-wedlock births partialled) for the years 1996-1998.
While the laws in all fifty states provide that a child born out of wedlock is automatically his or her mother's legal child, state statutes vary substantially as to when that same child is entitled to an intestate inheritance from or through his or her genetic father.