One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of "spouse"; marriage, matrimony, wedlock; betrothal, engagement. Now rare.
2An instance or occasion of this; an espousal or marriage; a wedding. Now rare.
3The action of carrying out the functions expected of a spouse.
Middle English; earliest use found in The Owl and the Nightingale. Partly from spouse + -ing.
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