Wedding vs Wedlock - What's the difference?

wedding | wedlock |

As nouns the difference between wedding and wedlock

is that wedding is marriage ceremony; ritual officially celebrating the beginning of a marriage while wedlock is the state of being married; matrimony.

As a verb wedding

is present participle of lang=en.


Etymology 1

From (etyl) wedding, weddynge, from (etyl) . Cognate with Middle Dutch weddinghe.


  • * 1885 , , Volume 14,
  • Accordingly the Prince, accepting her largesse, sought the King to whom he had pledged his parents (and they were still with him in all weal and welfare) and going in to him made his salam and kissed ground and told him the whole tale of the past and the conditions of death or marriage he had made with the King's daughter and of his wedding her after overcoming her in contention.


    (en noun)
  • Marriage ceremony; ritual officially celebrating the beginning of a marriage.
  • Her announcement was quite a surprise, coming a month after she published the words "I hate weddings with a passion and a fury I can only partially explain rationally."
  • * 1858 , ,
  • Simple and brief was the wedding , as that of Ruth and of Boaz.
  • * 1909 , , Chapter XXIV,
  • Rumor has it that there will be a wedding in our village ere the daisies are in bloom.
  • * 1922', ,
  • After the wedding there was singing and concertina-playing in the laundry till late evening.
  • Joining of two or more parts.
  • The wedding of our three companies took place last week.
  • * 1900 , Eve Emery Dye, McLoughlin and Old Oregon , 2005 facsimile edition, page 56,
  • That wedding of the fur companies is historic.
  • * 1991 , Richard M. Merelman, Partial Visions: Culture and Politics in Britain, Canada, and the United States , page 162,
  • Significantly, Grand Metropolitan elaborates upon the wedding of tradition and consumer narcissim that is the distinctively British version of private-sector collective representations;.
  • * 2000 , Benton E. Gup, New Financial Architecture: Banking Regulation in the 21st Century , page 221,
  • The wedding of commercial with universal banking would result in more careful project evaluation and selection and a closer monitoring of existing loans.
  • * 2002 , Lynn Abbott, Doug Seroff, Out of Sight: The Rise of African American Popular Music, 1889-1895 , page 176,
  • The wedding of black brass bands and orchestras to jubilee concert companies was a consolidation that favored both promoters and musicians.
    Derived terms
    * * blood wedding * destination wedding * penny wedding * wedding band * wedding gift * wedding ring * wedding bells * wedding breakfast * wedding cake * wedding day * wedding dress * wedding finger * wedding gown * wedding party * wedding planner * wedding reception * wedding vow * weddingzilla

    See also

    * bride * engagement * groom * honeymoon * hymeneal * marriage * marry * wed

    Etymology 2

    Conversion of (wedding) (noun) to verb.


    (en verb)
  • To participate in a wedding.
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  • The state of being married; matrimony.
  • (obsolete) A wife; a married woman.
  • (Ben Jonson)


    * matrimony * marriage

    Derived terms

    * out of wedlock