betrothal

noun
be·​troth·​al | \ bi-ˈtrō-t͟həl How to pronounce betrothal (audio) , -ˈtrȯ-, -thəl How to pronounce betrothal (audio) , bē- \

Definition of betrothal

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

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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 At the time of the 2012 betrothal, Wilkerson was 64 and Franklin was 70. Freep.com, "We will remember: Tributes to a few of the metro Detroiters who died of coronavirus," 12 Apr. 2020 At the time of the 2012 betrothal, Wilkerson was 64 and Franklin was 70. Freep.com, "We will remember: Tributes to a few of the metro Detroiters who died of coronavirus," 12 Apr. 2020 At the time of the 2012 betrothal, Wilkerson was 64 and Franklin was 70. Freep.com, "We will remember: Tributes to a few of the metro Detroiters who died of coronavirus," 12 Apr. 2020 At the time of the 2012 betrothal, Wilkerson was 64 and Franklin was 70. Freep.com, "We will remember: Tributes to a few of the metro Detroiters who died of coronavirus," 12 Apr. 2020 At the time of the 2012 betrothal, Wilkerson was 64 and Franklin was 70. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Aretha Franklin's ex-partner, Willie Wilkerson, dies of coronavirus," 8 Apr. 2020 Yes, there were many couples who escaped over the border to avoid a betrothal to the wrong person. BostonGlobe.com, "Gretna Green kept showing up in the romance novels I read, so I showed up in Gretna Green - The Boston Globe," 25 Sep. 2019 While some celebrities opt for a low-key proposal like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s roast chicken betrothal, Bloom planned a grand, over-the-top affair on February 14. Vogue, "The Adventurous Way Orlando Bloom Proposed to Katy Perry," 26 Feb. 2019 First, Christina obviously had to tell her best friend and publicist Cassie the news of her new betrothal. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Here's How Christina Anstead Planned Her Super Secret Wedding in Just 40 Days," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of betrothal

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for betrothal

betroth + -al entry 2

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The first known use of betrothal was in 1683

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2 Jun 2020

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“Betrothal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/betrothal. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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betrothal

noun
How to pronounce betrothal (audio) How to pronounce betrothal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of betrothal

formal + old-fashioned
: the act of promising to marry someone
: an agreement that two people will be married in the future

betrothal

noun
be·​troth·​al | \ bi-ˈtrō-t͟həl How to pronounce betrothal (audio) , -ˈtrȯ- \

Kids Definition of betrothal

: an engagement to be married

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