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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.

  • Nelly, next week it will be a year since our first betrothal; do you remember?

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • 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
  • The betrothal was completed before Frederick stood so near to the throne.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • So that betrothal was completed; and when they passed out from the coppice into the whiter air, behold!

    Prince Fortunatus William Black
  • Sometimes the illusion disappears while there is yet time to break off the betrothal.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • In the early times, the betrothal was a simple affair but later it became quite formal.

    The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman
  • Also he intended to announce the betrothal of the young couple.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • 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
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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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