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] 1. 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]

2. A wife; a married woman. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Marriage}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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