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betrothal

or be·troth·ment

[bih-troh-thuh l, -traw-thuh l]
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noun
  1. the act or state of being betrothed; engagement.
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Origin of betrothal

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

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Examples from the Web for betrothment

Historical Examples

  • She was eighteen and adorable, but her mother would not hear to a betrothment.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • And when he gave her the kiss of betrothment her lips grew white.

    Septimius Felton

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • You shall marry Aurelia, and in a few days we shall solemnize the betrothment.

    The Devil's Elixir

    E. T. A. Hoffmann

  • Tant Sannie was well satisfied when told of the betrothment.

    The Story of an African Farm

    (AKA Ralph Iron) Olive Schreiner

  • Her beauty, her wit, they were her own; but they had availed her little before her betrothment to Rube.


British Dictionary definitions for betrothment

betrothal

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

betrothal

n.

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

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