betrothal

noun be·troth·al \ -ˈtrō-t͟həl , -ˈtrȯ- , -thəl \

Definition of betrothal

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

Examples of betrothal in a Sentence

  1. They were both young at the time of their betrothal.

  2. the couple's betrothal lasted four years

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Origin and Etymology of betrothal

betrothal Synonyms

Synonyms
engagement, espousal, troth
Antonyms
disengagement

BETROTHAL Defined for English Language Learners

betrothal

noun

Definition of betrothal for English Language Learners

  • : the act of promising to marry someone

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


BETROTHAL Defined for Kids

betrothal

noun be·troth·al \ bi-ˈtrō-t͟həl , -ˈtrȯ- \

Definition of betrothal for Students

:an engagement to be married


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