a relative by marriage.
a relative by marriage
(postpositive; in combination) related by marriage: a father-in-law
1894, “anyone of a relationship not natural,” abstracted from father-in-law, etc.
The position of the ‘in-laws’ (a happy phrase which is attributed … to her Majesty, than whom no one can be better acquainted with the article) is often not very apt to promote happiness. [“Blackwood’s Magazine,” 1894]
The earliest recorded use of the phrase is in brother-in-law (13c.); the law is Canon Law, which defines degrees of relationship within which marriage is prohibited.
- In-law apartment
noun 1. a self-contained living area within a single-family home, as for an aging parent.
[verb in-ley, in-ley; noun in-ley] /verb ˈɪnˌleɪ, ˌɪnˈleɪ; noun ˈɪnˌleɪ/ verb (used with object), inlaid, inlaying. 1. to decorate (an object) with of fine materials set in its surface: to inlay a chest with lighter wood. 2. to insert or apply (layers of fine materials) in the surface of an object: to inlay marble in […]
noun, Horticulture. 1. a graft in which the scion is matched into a place in the stock from which a piece of corresponding bark has been removed. inlay graft n. A skin graft wrapped around a stent of dental compound and inserted into a prepared surgical pocket. Also called Esser graft.
- In league with
Also, in cahoots with. In close cooperation or in partnership with, often secretly or in a conspiracy. For example, “For anybody on the road might be a robber, or in league with robbers” (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859), or We suspect that the mayor is in cahoots with the construction industry. The […]