be·​troth·​al bi-ˈtrō-t͟həl How to pronounce betrothal (audio)
-thəl How to pronounce betrothal (audio)
: the act of betrothing or fact of being betrothed
: a mutual promise or contract for a future marriage

Examples of betrothal in a Sentence

They were both young at the time of their betrothal. the couple's betrothal lasted four years
Recent Examples on the Web As in the prior seasons, one of them is surely headed for a sultry betrothal by the final episode. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 18 May 2024 The betrothal culminates Sunday in a not-so-intimate ceremony at Allegiant Stadium, where the city will host its first-ever Super Bowl. Rio Yamat, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 By the end of the first hour, Covey’s Edenic childhood has given way to a nightmarish betrothal. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Oct. 2023 The Netflix spin-off Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story centers on the royal betrothal of Queen Charlotte and King George III — queue the violins — and their love-hate union. Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 7 May 2023 The king and queen went on to announce their daughter's betrothal. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, 9 Apr. 2021 Perhaps the plainer parallel between Verdi’s tale of a doomed betrothal and the Met’s desire to be explicit in its support for Ukraine is that both have the makings of a royal mess. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2022 Getting engaged is a big deal, but so is the Instagram post to share the news of your future betrothal. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 10 Feb. 2023 The ballet’s title character is a peasant girl in love with a prince in disguise; when his identity is revealed, and his betrothal to another royal discovered, Giselle dies of a broken heart. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2022

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Word History


betroth + -al entry 2

First Known Use

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of betrothal was in 1683

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“Betrothal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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be·​troth·​al -ˈtrōt͟h-əl How to pronounce betrothal (audio) -ˈtrȯth- How to pronounce betrothal (audio)
: an engagement to be married

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