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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A spot on a collar can spoil a betrothal.
▪ All at once Jehan realised that Jehana had not yet given her reasons for consenting to betrothal with Alexei.
▪ As for Richard's betrothal nothing came of it.
▪ But betrothal began to wear on Margarett.
▪ In February 1173 he met Humbert at Montferrat in the Auvergne to finalize the details of the betrothal.
▪ So the betrothal was arranged and the marriage soon followed.
▪ Some initiation ceremony perhaps or unspoken betrothal?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Betrothal \Be*troth"al\, n. The act of betrothing, or the fact of being betrothed; a mutual promise, engagement, or contract for a future marriage between the persons betrothed; betrothment; affiance. ``The feast of betrothal.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1844, from betroth + -al (2). Earlier in same sense were betrothment (1580s), betrothing (14c.).


n. The act of betrothing, or the fact of being betrothed; a mutual promise, engagement, or contract for a future marriage between the persons betrothed; betrothment; affiance.

  1. n. a mutual promise to marry [syn: troth, engagement]

  2. the act of becoming betrothed or engaged [syn: espousal]

Usage examples of "betrothal".

Whether you choose to accept of my offer or not my betrothal to Miss Marling is at an end.

She had no time for reflection, however, for now Miss Chalmers and the Misses Melks closed in, wanting to know every detail of the fictitious betrothal.

At the time of her betrothal, she had fancied she loved Ardea, for the emotion of her religious life at length freed had inspired her with gratitude for him who was, however, only the pretext of that exemption.

Ailleann, prayed with the Christians, while Dinas and Lavaine just stood, arms folded across their white robes, and stared at Ceinwyn who, just as on that day when she had run from her betrothal, wore neither gold nor silver.

Because they were Highlanders who kept much to themselves, because of the centuries of rumors, because of the string of broken betrothals, fathers of well-bred young ladies were loath to pledge their daughters to him.

After three failed betrothals, he was so blinded by doubts about himself, so hell-bent on wedding, that he was unwilling to entertain anything that might seem to threaten his upcoming nuptials.

That was the night Laya had announced her betrothal to a wealthy widower named Hakkardi, whose farm was a mile north of the hamlet.

If he began to solicit support among the nobles for a match between his niece and the Prince, he could possibly put an end to both betrothal and alliance.

The other was a priest of Bel, who announced the betrothal that very evening in the great hall, as the warbands and the servitors were lingering over their ale.

I am the daughter of the Vizier Feshnavat, betrothed to a wandering youth,--a barber, who sickened at the betrothal, and consoled himself with a proverb when he gave me the kiss of contract, and knew not how with truth to pay me a compliment.

So these departed before, and she in her antelope form followed footing gracefully, and made Shibli Bagarag repeat the story of his betrothal as they went.

His betrothal to Christina, which was about to be broken, was not yet common knowledge.

Your uncle and I have signed the betrothal contract, and the money has already changed hands.

Ian nodded, remembering the fortune Julius Cameron had gouged out of him in order to sign the betrothal agreement.

Her delicate brows drew together in blank confusion, and Ian grinned, taking her hand from his chest, the emerald betrothal ring he had bought her unnoticed in his fingers.