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[bih-troh-th uh l, -traw-thuh l] /bɪˈtroʊ ðəl, -ˈtrɔ θəl/
the act or state of being betrothed; engagement.
Also, betrothment.
1835-45; betroth + -al2
Related forms
prebetrothal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for betrothal
  • The taboo comes into operation as soon as the betrothal has taken place and before the marriage has been celebrated.
  • Similar tasks mean similar work for those whose jobs relate to betrothal or bereavement or, perhaps, both.
  • And so they rejoiced in their betrothal together and they were so happy.
  • It was the first time he had seen her since her betrothal, and he remained for more than an hour with her.
  • IN the course of the next day the first of the usual betrothal visits were exchanged.
  • Sometimes the more lethargic lie in soak or undergo the process of maceration, but not often on these betrothal occasions.
British Dictionary definitions for betrothal


engagement to be married
a mutual promise to marry
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Word Origin and History for betrothal

1844, from betroth + -al (2). Earlier in same sense were betrothment (1580s), betrothing (14c.).

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Encyclopedia Article for betrothal

promise that a marriage will take place. In societies in which premarital sexual relations are condoned or in which consensual union is common, betrothal may be unimportant. In other societies, however, betrothal is a formal part of the marriage process. In such cases a change of intention by one of the parties is a serious matter and may be referred to as a breach of promise, a civil transgression subject in some instances to a fine or other penalty

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