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Language: Old English
Origin: wedlac, from wedd 'something given to show that a promise will be kept' + -lac 'actions, activity'

wedlock

noun
     
Related topics: Family
wed‧lock [uncountable] old use
1

born out of wedlock

SSC if a child is born out of wedlock, its parents are not married when it is born
2SSF the state of being married

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