From Middle English wedlok, wedlocke (“wedlock, marriage, matrimony”), from Old English wedlāc (“marriage vow, pledge, plighted troth, wedlock”); synchronically analyzable as wed + -lock.
wedlock (countable and uncountable, plural wedlocks)
- The state of being married.
- Synonyms: matrimony, marriage
- (obsolete) A wife; a married woman.
- 1601, Ben Jonson, The Poetaster:
- Which of these is thy Wedlock, Menelaus? thy Hellen? thy Lucrece? that we may do her Honour; mad Boy?