Definition of coemptio
: a ceremony symbolizing the sale of a woman to a man and bringing the woman under the manus of the man usually (1) as a plebeian marriage but sometimes (2) as a device of the woman to displace her guardian —called also coemptio matrimoni causa, (2) coemptio fiduciae causa
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of coemptio
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up coemptio? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).