noun be·troth·al \-ˈtrō-thəl, -ˈtr-, -thəl\

: the act of promising to marry someone

: an agreement that two people will be married in the future

Full Definition of BETROTHAL

:  the act of betrothing or fact of being betrothed
:  a mutual promise or contract for a future marriage

Examples of BETROTHAL

  1. They were both young at the time of their betrothal.
  2. <the couple's betrothal lasted four years>

First Known Use of BETROTHAL


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