Definition of betrothal in English:

betrothal

noun

dated
  • [mass noun] Formal engagement to be married; engagement.

    • ‘She had seemed so girlish, chattering on about clothes and gossiping about the recent betrothals.’
    • ‘Food is important at ceremonial occasions such as naming ceremonies, betrothals, marriages, and deaths.’
    • ‘From the moment they were considered ready for betrothal, women were under an enormous amount of societal pressure to marry.’
    • ‘Hey, I've arranged a lot of betrothals, you can't expect me to remember each one!’
    • ‘Uncertainty plagued her, following every move she made, surfacing every time anyone mentioned her betrothal.’
    engagement, betrothment, marriage contract
    fiançailles
    plighting of one's troth, espousal, affiance, affiancing, handfast
    sponsalia, subarrhation
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Pronunciation

betrothal

/bɪˈtrəʊð(ə)l/