espousal

[ ih-spou-zuh l, -suh l ]
/ ɪˈspaʊ zəl, -səl /

noun

adoption or advocacy, as of a cause or principle.
Sometimes espousals.
  1. a marriage ceremony.
  2. an engagement or betrothal celebration.

Origin of espousal

1275–1325; Middle English espousaille < Middle French, Old French espousailles < Latin spōnsālia (noun use of neuter plural of spōnsālis), equivalent to spōns(us) spouse + -ālia -al2

Related forms

non·es·pous·al, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for espousal

espousal

/ (ɪˈspaʊzəl) /

noun

adoption or supportan espousal of new beliefs
(sometimes plural) archaic a marriage or betrothal ceremony

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