wed-lock

wedlock

[wed-lok]
noun
the state of marriage; matrimony.

Origin:
before 1100; Middle English wedlok, Old English wedlāc literally, a pledging, equivalent to wed pledge (see wed) + -lāc verbal noun suffix

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wedlock (ˈwɛdlɒk)
 
n
1.  the state of being married
2.  born out of wedlock born when one's parents are not legally married
 
[Old English wedlāc, from wedd pledge + -lāc, suffix denoting activity, perhaps from lāc game, battle (related to Gothic laiks dance, Old Norse leikr)]

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wedlock
O.E. wedlac "pledge-giving, marriage vow," from wed + -lac, noun suffix meaning "actions or proceedings, practice," attested in about a dozen O.E. compounds (cf. feohtlac "warfare"), but this is the only surviving example. Suffix altered by folk etymology through association with lock. Meaning "condition
of being married" is recorded from early 13c.
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