betrothal

or be·troth·ment

[bih-troh-thuh l, -traw-thuh l]

Origin of betrothal

First recorded in 1835–45; betroth + -al2
Related formspre·be·troth·al, adjective
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Related Words for betrothals

engagement, vow, promise, espousal, plight, troth

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British Dictionary definitions for betrothals

betrothal

noun
  1. engagement to be married
  2. a mutual promise to marry
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Word Origin and History for betrothals

betrothal

n.

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

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