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engagement ring

a ring, often a diamond, given by a man to his fiancée at the time of their engagement as a token of their betrothal.
Origin of engagement ring
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He offered me an engagement-ring, and I refused it; yet he made you believe we were engaged.

  • She had a beautiful band of pearls on one finger: was it an engagement-ring?

    A Reversion To Type Josephine Daskam
  • How in the name of all that was inexplicable had Mrs. Cunningham's engagement-ring come to be there?

    A Case in Camera Oliver Onions
  • "Let me look at your engagement-ring, Aunt Charlotte," she said, noticing her own.

    Night and Day Virginia Woolf
  • Well, will you wear that as an engagement-ring, if I give it to you?

    Prince Fortunatus William Black
  • But after she had gone, the girl begged Humphrey to take a loan on her engagement-ring, and after some discussion he complied.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • The first croak was, that the bridegroom sent back his engagement-ring.

  • Not a jewel was visible except her engagement-ring—a fine solitaire diamond.

    Jessamine Marion Harland
  • It was the engagement-ring I had seen on Mrs. Cunningham's finger on the morning of our breakfast.

    A Case in Camera Oliver Onions
  • With an awkward motion he drew from his pocket the little glazed paper box that contained the engagement-ring.

    The Harbor of Doubt Frank Williams
British Dictionary definitions for engagement-ring

engagement ring

a ring given by a man to a woman as a token of their betrothal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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