[ kon-far-ee-ey-shuh n ]
/ kɒnˌfær iˈeɪ ʃən /


(among the ancient Romans) a form of marriage ceremony, limited to patricians and obligatory for holders of certain ritual offices, marked by the offering of a cake.

Origin of confarreation

1590–1600; < Latin confarreātiōn- (stem of confarreātiō) equivalent to confarreā(re) to contract such a marriage (con- con- + -farreāre, verbal derivative of farreum cake made of emmer, derivative of far emmer; see barley1) + -tiōn- -tion
Related formscon·far·re·ate [kuh n-far-ee-it, -eyt] /kənˈfær i ɪt, -ˌeɪt/, con·far·re·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for confarreation



c.1600, from Latin confarreationem, from confarreare "to unite in marriage by the Ceremony of the Cake," from com- "with, together" (see com-) + far, farris "spelt, grain, meal" (see barley). In ancient Rome, the most solemn form of marriage, in which an offering of bread was made in the presence of the Pontifex Maximus and 10 witnesses.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper