out of wedlock

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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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Adv.1.out of wedlock - of biological parents not married to each other; "this child was born illegitimately"
2.out of wedlock - of unwed parents; "he was born out of wedlock"
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