out of wedlock

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out of wedlock

Of parents not legally married, as in Over the centuries many royal children were born out of wedlock. The noun wedlock, for the state of being married, is rarely heard today except in this phrase, first recorded in 1675; its converse, in wedlock, dates from the 1300s and is even more rarely used.
See also: of, out, wedlock

out of wedlock

Of parents not legally married to each other: born out of wedlock.
See also: of, out, wedlock
References in classic literature ?
But though Mrs Miller did not refrain from a short expostulation in private at their first meeting, yet the occasion of his being summoned downstairs that morning was of a much more agreeable kind, being indeed to perform the office of a father to Miss Nancy, and to give her in wedlock to Mr Nightingale, who was now ready drest, and full as sober as many of my readers will think a man ought to be who receives a wife in so imprudent a manner.
Over nobody had he such complete ascendance as Mrs Quilp herself--a pretty little, mild-spoken, blue-eyed woman, who having allied herself in wedlock to the dwarf in one of those strange infatuations of which examples are by no means scarce, performed a sound practical penance for her folly, every day of her life.
I am by birth a Cretan; my father was a well to do man, who had many sons born in marriage, whereas I was the son of a slave whom he had purchased for a concubine; nevertheless, my father Castor son of Hylax (whose lineage I claim, and who was held in the highest honour among the Cretans for his wealth, prosperity, and the valour of his sons) put me on the same level with my brothers who had been born in wedlock.
That night, the handsomest couple in Milford village were to be joined in wedlock.
I joined them because Margery Alspaye, of Bolder, married Crooked Thomas of Ringwood, and left a certain John of Hordle in the cold, for that he was a ranting, roving blade who was not to be trusted in wedlock.
ISLAMABAD -- Justice Amir Hani Muslim has remarked a woman being a Muslim has every right of separation from her spouse if she does not like him and does not want to stay in wedlock with him.
He further remarked " court cannot force any one to remain in wedlock.
Children were chattel of their fathers if born in wedlock, and chattel of their mothers if born out-of wedlock.
Prior to 1947, Canadian women who married non-British status men lost their Canadian status upon marriage; children were considered "property" of their fathers if born in wedlock, and property of their mothers if born out-of wedlock.
which governs citizenship by descent for children born in wedlock, makes
problems: it is generally clear when a child is born in wedlock and
being born in wedlock generally implies being biologically related to
Expensive weddings, lavish honeymoons and platinum wedding rings will all be cast aside as the proportion of couples in wedlock drops to 42% in 2033, down 7% on the latest statistics.
Such an offspring was termed a "natural child" (filho natural) and, in certain circumstances, he or she qualified as an heir, along with children born in wedlock and other relatives so born.
Currently, children born in wedlock are registered as ''eldest son'' or ''eldest daughter'' and so on, but those born out of wedlock are registered as simply ''female'' or ''male.