- 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
British Dictionary definitions for espousal
Word Origin and History for espousal
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.