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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
First recorded in 1835-45; betroth + -al2
Related forms
prebetrothal, adjective Unabridged
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  • Nelly, next week it will be a year since our first betrothal; do you remember?

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

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Sometimes the illusion disappears while there is yet time to break off the betrothal.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Also he intended to announce the betrothal of the young couple.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • The betrothal of the parties shall be made by the next of kin, or if there are none, by the guardians.

    Laws Plato
  • He and Madeline had agreed that they would tell no one—no one at all—of their betrothal.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Yet he persisted until the very eve, almost, of her betrothal to Ignacio.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • He went to remonstrate with Rosamund upon her betrothal, and he did so at the request of her brother.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Handsome Harry Kendal does not love this girl with whom they have forced him into a betrothal.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
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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