Wed"lock (?), n. [AS. wedlac a pledge, be trothal; wedd a pledge + lac a gift, an offering. See Wed, n., and cf. Lake, v. i., Knowledge.]

1.

The ceremony, or the state, of marriage; matrimony.

"That blissful yoke . . . that men clepeth [call] spousal, or wedlock."

Chaucer.

For what is wedlock forced but a hell, An age of discord or continual strife? Shak.

2.

A wife; a married woman.

[Obs.]

B. Jonson.

Syn. -- See Marriage.

 

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Wed"lock, v. t.

To marry; to unite in marriage; to wed.

[R.] "Man thus wedlocked."

Milton.

 

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