1. 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? (Shak)
Synonym: See marriage.
Origin: AS. Wedlac a pledge, be trothal; wedd a pledge _ lac a gift, an offering. See Wed, and cf. Lake, Knowledge.