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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
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You see, the ring was gone and—it had only been an engagement ring anyhow, and everybody knows how binding they are!

    The Window at the White Cat Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She thrust her engagement ring into Quentyns' hand and rushed away.

    A Young Mutineer Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • Then she drew off her engagement ring of diamonds and emeralds, and added it to the glittering heap.

  • "Our engagement ring," he whispered, and Daisy once more smiled.

    A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
  • A ring was ordered from Philadelphia, and is duly set down in his accounts: “One engagement ring, two pounds, sixteen shillings.”

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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