- a marriage ceremony.
- an engagement or betrothal celebration.
Origin of espousal
Examples from the Web for espousal
Mr. Ferbrass congratulated him on the heartiness of his espousal of the Tory cause.Beauchamp's Career, Complete|George Meredith
Young Conrad's birthday was fixed for his espousal, and Manfred's impatience for this ceremonial was marked by everyone.The World's Greatest Books, Vol VIII|Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
Before the marriage proper took place, there were held the ceremonies of espousal.Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10)|Burleigh James Bartlett
He is an American, and does not appreciate the difficulties attending such an espousal.Graustark|George Barr McCutcheon
The espousal of Abolitionism by Mr. Chase was a remarkable circumstance.The Abolitionists|John F. Hume
late 14c., from Old French esposailles (plural) "act of betrothal" (12c., Modern French époussailles), from Latin sponsalia "betrothal, espousal," noun use of neuter plural of sponsalis "of a betrothal," from sponsa "spouse." For the -e- see especial.