What does wedlock mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. marriage, matrimony, union, spousal relationship, wedlocknoun

    the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)

    "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"


  1. wedlocknoun

    The state of being married; matrimony.

  2. Etymology: From wedlok, wedlocke, from wedlac, from wedd + -lac, suffix denoting activity or process, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wedlocknoun

    Marriage; matrimony.

    Etymology: wed and lac, Sax. marriage and gift.

    She doth stray about
    By holy crosses, where she kneels and prays
    For happy wedlock hours. William Shakespeare.

    Sirrah, your brother is legitimate;
    Your father’s wife did after wedlock bear him:
    And if she did play false, the fault was her’s. William Shakespeare.

    Can wedlock know so great a curse,
    As putting husbands out to nurse. John Cleveland.

    He his happiest choice too late,
    Shall meet already link’d, and wedlock-bound
    To a fell adversary. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    May not a prison or a grave,
    Like wedlock, honour’s title have? John Denham.

    One thought the sex’s prime felicity
    Was from the bonds of wedlock to be free:
    And uncontroll’d to give account to none. Dryden.

    A man determined about the fiftieth year of his age to enter upon wedlock. Addison.


  1. wedlock

    Wedlock is a state of being married, often referred to as matrimony or the institution of marriage. It is a legally or formally recognized union of two people as partners in a personal relationship.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wedlockverb

    the ceremony, or the state, of marriage; matrimony

  2. Wedlockverb

    a wife; a married woman

  3. Wedlockverb

    to marry; to unite in marriage; to wed


  1. Wedlock

    Wedlock (aka 105 Deckowls outside North America) is an electronic indie group that originated in Richmond, Virginia. They formed in 2004, as an alliance between singer-songwriter Paul Allgood and programmer Jeff Hathaway. Former All Music Guide contributor Alex Ogg describes their sound as ranging from the American new wave of The Cars, to the “bedsit cabaret” of Soft Cell. Allgood has been the sole remaining member of Wedlock since its inception; surrounded by constantly shifting personnel.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wedlock

    wed′lok, n. marriage: matrimony.—Break wedlock, to commit adultery. [A.S. wedlácwed, -lác, a gift.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wedlock is ranked #71478 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wedlock surname appeared 273 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Wedlock.

    77.2% or 211 total occurrences were White.
    16.1% or 44 total occurrences were Black.
    3.3% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wedlock in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wedlock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of wedlock in a Sentence

  1. Ruckett:

    In the perfect wedlock, the man, I should say, is the head, but the woman the heart, with which he cannot dispense.

  2. Syrian Nora Joumblatt in response:

    We are in danger of losing generations of young Syrian girls due to the lack of education, desperate and displaced Syrians are increasingly seeing early marriage as a way to secure the social and financial future of their daughters. We need to provide an alternative: Keep young girls in school instead of being pressured into wedlock.

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