• WordNet 3.6
    • n wedlock the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce) "a long and happy marriage","God bless this union"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wedlock A wife; a married woman.
    • Wedlock The ceremony, or the state, of marriage; matrimony. "That blissful yoke . . . that men clepeth [call] spousal, or wedlock .""For what is wedlock forced but a hell,
      An age of discord or continual strife?"
    • v. t Wedlock To marry; to unite in marriage; to wed. "Man thus wedlocked ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wedlock Marriage; matrimony; the married state; the vows and sacrament of marriage. Sometimes used attributively.
    • n wedlock A wife.
    • n wedlock Synonyms Matrimony, Wedding, etc. See marriage.
    • wedlock To unite in marriage; marry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wedlock wed′lok marriage: matrimony
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  • Lord Byron
    “Though women are angels, yet wedlock's the devil.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.”
  • Ruckett
    “In the perfect wedlock, the man, I should say, is the head, but the woman the heart, with which he cannot dispense.”
  • Marquis De Sade
    “The horror of wedlock, the most appalling, the most loathsome of all the bonds humankind has devised for its own discomfort and degradation.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Men dream of courtship, but in wedlock wake.”
  • Alexandre Dumas
    Alexandre Dumas
    “The chain of wedlock is so heavy that it takes two to carry it -- and sometimes three.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. wedlāc, a pledge, be trothal; wedd, a pledge + lāc, a gift, an offering. See Wed (n.), and cf. Lake (v. i.) Knowledge
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wedlácwed, -lác, a gift.


In literature:

This he consented to do, and we were accordingly united in the bonds of wedlock.
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
To Aurelius Felix, who lived with his wife eighteen years in sweetest wedlock.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
While she has nothing to do in choosing for herself a husband, she is bound in infancy, through holy wedlock, to a child like herself.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
Wedlock to an actress," she added, "is almost as significant as death.
"The Light of the Star" by Hamlin Garland
The brief years of her wedlock had been in one way a disillusionment, in another a revelation.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
The King of Saxony has six children by Louise, three boys and three girls, five born in wedlock, the youngest born without wedlock.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
Prince Olaf and his lady were perfectly happy, and the golden hours of their wedlock sped merrily by.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
I hope when your hearts are cemented by wedlock, you will both do better.
"The Politician Out-Witted" by Samuel Low
What if a peace that shall endure, and wedlock surely bound, 99 We fashion?
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
You forgets that I've already been took in wedlock bonds by one lady.
"Faro Nell and Her Friends" by Alfred Henry Lewis

In poetry:

And though at times Lycurgus B.
Did lay his hands not lovingly
Upon his wife, the sanctity
Of wedlock was his guaranty.
"A Moral Vindicator" by Francis Bret Harte
Farewell, old year, the pall and bier
Thou saw us oft attending,
And heard oft-times the merry chimes
Of birth and wedlock blending.
"Farewell To The Old Year, 1863" by Janet Hamilton
For suns may rise and suns may set,
And tides may ebb and tides may flow,
Love is man's greatest blessing yet,
And honest wedlock makes it so.
"Personally Addressed" by John Lawson Stoddard
And soon her young and tender heart was given
Into his keeping; soon the small soft hand
Was joined to his; the mission'd man of God
Bound them, with joy, in holy wedlock's band.
"Duleep Singh" by Janet Hamilton
Forever sundered and forever one,
Linked by a bond whose spell I may not guess,
Our hostile, yet embracing currents run;
Such wedlock lonelier is than loneliness.
Baffled, withheld, I clasp the bride I shun.
"Gulf-Stream" by Susan Coolidge
If blessed wedlock may not bless
Without some tinge of bitterness
To dash her cup of joy, since Eden lost,
Chaining to earth with strong desire
Hearts that would highest else aspire,
And o'er the tenderer sex usurping ever most;
"Sexegesima Sunday" by John Keble

In news:

Ryan Waddell and Brian Allen were joined in wedlock on Saturday, Feb 21, at the First Christian Church in Fort Myers.
Uh, having a baby out of wedlock.
Lawmaker aims to ban first-cousin wedlock.
Lindsay Lohan's dad fathered a daughter out of wedlock .
Some studies show 3/4 of births out of wedlock are unintended.
Deceased's lover charged with sex out of wedlock .
And there's no law against having friends write your mistress a check, or even fathering a baby outside of wedlock.
Child Support Order – Visitation Order for Children Born Out of Wedlock.
DNA test shows judge almost certainly fathered child out of wedlock.
Van Dyke 's "scandal": He was conceived out of wedlock, but didn't learn the truth till after he turned 18.
Here's the non-story, non-scandal that will get talked about today: the president's budget chief has a newborn child out of wedlock.
Former senator John Edwards affair with Rielle Hunter not only led to an out-of-wedlock child, but now a grand jury has indicted the two-time presidential candidate on charges of using campaign money to hide his mistress.
TMZ has Photos of the boy Arnold fathered out of wedlock — and there's a definate resemblance.
Yes, that's a lot of money to hear from a young woman who has done precious little with her life other than have a baby out of wedlock.
Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard Consider Having Kids "Out of Wedlock".

In science:

Senturia SB and Wedlock BD (1975) Electronic Circuits and Applications.
Fractal and Multifractal Scaling of Electrical Conduction in Random Resistor Networks