wedlock


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.]
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   1. The ceremony, or the state, of marriage; matrimony. "That
      blissful yoke . . . that men clepeth [call] spousal, or
      wedlock." --Chaucer.
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            For what is wedlock forced but a hell,
            An age of discord or continual strife? --Shak.
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   2. A wife; a married woman. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
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   Syn: See Marriage.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wedlock \Wed"lock\, v. t.
   To marry; to unite in marriage; to wed. [R.] "Man thus
   wedlocked." --Milton.
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