(among the ancient Romans) a form of marriage ceremony, limited to patricians and obligatory for holders of certain ritual offices, marked by the offering of a cake.

1590–1600; < Latin confarreātiōn- (stem of confarreātiō) equivalent to confarreā(re) to contract such a marriage (con- con- + -farreāre, verbal derivative of farreum cake made of emmer, derivative of far emmer; see barley1) + -tiōn- -tion

confarreate [kuhn-far-ee-it, -eyt] , confarreated, adjective Unabridged
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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from L. confarreationem, from confarreare "to unite in marriage by the offering of bread," from com- "with, together" + far, farris "spelt, grain, meal." In ancient Rome, the most solemn form of marriage, in which an offering of bread was made in the presence of the Pontifex Maximus and 10 witnesses.
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