or be·troth·ment

[bih-troh-thuh l, -traw-thuh l]


the act or state of being betrothed; engagement.

Origin of betrothal

First recorded in 1835–45; betroth + -al2
Related formspre·be·troth·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for betrothal

Contemporary Examples of betrothal

  • Princess Beatrice is widely thought to be on the point of announcing her betrothal to her boyfriend of six years, Dave Clark.

Historical Examples of betrothal

  • Nelly, next week it will be a year since our first betrothal; do you remember?

  • 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.

  • 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.



British Dictionary definitions for betrothal



engagement to be married
a mutual promise to marry
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Word Origin and History for betrothal

1844, from betroth + -al (2). Earlier in same sense were betrothment (1580s), betrothing (14c.).

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