breach of promise

noun phrase

: violation of a promise especially to marry

Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of breach of promise was in 1601

Dictionary Entries Near breach of promise

Cite this Entry

“Breach of promise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breach%20of%20promise. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on breach of promise

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!