pre-betrothal

betrothal

[bih-troh-thuhl, -traw-thuhl]
noun
the act or state of being betrothed; engagement.
Also, betrothment.


Origin:
1835–45; betroth + -al2

prebetrothal, adjective
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betrothal (bɪˈtrəʊðəl)
 
n
1.  engagement to be married
2.  a mutual promise to marry

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betrothal
1844, from betroth + -al (2).
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