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[mass noun] Engagement or marriage:‘Jacques should not have entered into sponsalia if his first wife was still alive’
engagement, betrothment, marriage contractView synonyms
- ‘What parish priest is the authorized witness of sponsalia?’
- ‘Tokens were customarily exchanged at the time of a sponsalia.’
- ‘Parties to the sponsalia might still resile, and if they did, could not be compelled to complete the marriage.’
- ‘In those days the formal procedure of a wedding scarcely differed from that of a betrothal and both these ceremonies could be called by the same name 'sponsalia'.’
- ‘In the absence of either the ordinary or the parish priest, the law requires that two witnesses shall sign the sponsalia.’
Mid 16th century: Latin, betrothal, neuter plural of sponsalis (adjective), from sponsare espouse, betroth.
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