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It will be observed that I have spoken of Erelieva as the unwedded wife of Theudemir.

The second company was led by noble Eudorus, son to an unwedded woman.

His approaches were a delicious wooing of an unfamiliar, unwedded Anne.

But if he had been childless and unwedded, the result would have been the same.

Near her were seated four virgins, unwedded, crowned with white hair.

The sticks that she carried were cut from a hazel that hung athwart a brook where an unwedded mother had drowned her child.

The unwedded mother of these children was not mentioned and Caterina had never dreamed of their existence.

In this poem of Byron's there is no bride, for the heroine dies heart-broken and unwedded.

The unwedded widow brought her dusky children to the place and spent the remainder of her days near his grave.

Not long after, an unwedded female appeared, and probably tried to supplant the lawful wife.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English weddian "to pledge, covenant to do something, marry," from Proto-Germanic *wadjojanan (cf. Old Norse veðja "to bet, wager," Old Frisian weddia "to promise," Gothic ga-wadjon "to betroth"), from PIE root *wadh- "to pledge, to redeem a pledge" (cf. Latin vas, genitive vadis "bail, security," Lithuanian vaduoti "to redeem a pledge"). Sense remained "pledge" in other Germanic languages (cf. German Wette "bet, wager"); development to "marry" is unique to English. "Originally 'make a woman one's wife by giving a pledge or earnest money', then used of either party" [Buck]. Related: Wedded; wedding.

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