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or betrothment

[bih-troh-th uh l, -traw-thuh l] /bɪˈtroʊ ðəl, -ˈtrɔ θəl/
the act or state of being betrothed; engagement.
Origin of betrothal
1835-45; betroth + -al2
Related forms
prebetrothal, adjective Unabridged
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  • When all was ready for the betrothal, James I. died, March, 1624-5.

  • Then he wishes to explain matters to Mrs. Grandon and have a betrothal.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • She had of course never expected her mother to behave like ordinary mothers on the occasion of a daughter's betrothal.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Mention is also made of a betrothal of William's daughter to the Earl.

    The Story of Rouen Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
  • So that betrothal was completed; and when they passed out from the coppice into the whiter air, behold!

    Prince Fortunatus William Black
  • On Tuesday you will show yourself in public with him, in order to announce the betrothal.

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • In the early times, the betrothal was a simple affair but later it became quite formal.

    The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman
  • It is probable that the betrothal would therefore be a quiet one.

    Shakespeare's Family Mrs. C. C. Stopes
  • The betrothal took place, and three months later they were married.

    The Jews of Barnow Karl Emil Franzos
British Dictionary definitions for betrothal


engagement to be married
a mutual promise to marry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for betrothal

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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