• WordNet 3.6
    • n betrothal the act of becoming betrothed or engaged
    • n betrothal a mutual promise to marry
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Betrothal 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 ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n betrothal The act of betrothing; betrothment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Betrothal an agreement or contract with a view to marriage
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pfx. be-, and Troth or Truth.


In literature:

Their betrothal was as silent as the meeting of God and a human soul.
"The Kentucky Ranger" by Edward T. Curnick
Girls are generally betrothed in childhood and should be married before maturity.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
He wants the wedding about Christmas time, so the betrothal will be soon, in a week or so.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
To the most touching endearments of her betrothed, the young fiancee responded with disquisitions on the vital principle.
"The Man With The Broken Ear" by Edmond About
The Landed-proprietor received already felicitations on his betrothal.
"The Home" by Fredrika Bremer
There was a merry gathering the following Saturday afternoon to congratulate the betrothed couple.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
Girolama was still a minor, being only thirteen years of age, and her betrothed, Giovanni Andrea, had scarcely reached manhood.
"Lucretia Borgia" by Ferdinand Gregorovius
Her betrothed is Major Rupert Roselheim.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
There was such a crowd at the betrothal that I didn't see him.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
With them dwelt a young orphan; she had grown up under their roof from infancy to womanhood, and was betrothed to me.
"Fred Markham in Russia" by W. H. G. Kingston

In poetry:

Calm, and meek of face and carriage,
Deigning scarce a quicker breath,
Comes she to the funeral marriage,
The betrothal of black death.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Now comes her betrothed from the wars, and he,
A Count of the Court Castilian,
A Don Diabolus, sword at knee,
And moustaches--uncivilian.
"At The Corregidor’s" by Madison Julius Cawein
Mashenka, you lived here and sang,
You wove me, your betrothed, a carpet,
Where are your voice and body now,
Is it possible that you are dead?
"The Lost Tram" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
Purpose o' marriage was proclaimed
'Tween her betroth'd an' ane they named—
Intae her faither's arms she fell,
"Oh, tak' me wi' ye!" murmur'd Bell.
"Cousin Bell: An Incident In Real Life" by Janet Hamilton
A gallant knight and his betroth'd bride,
Were walking one day by a river side,
They talk'd of love, and they talk'd of war,
And how very foolish lovers are.
"Forget-Me-Not" by William Topaz McGonagall
My burning lips shall set their seal
On our betrothal bond to-night,
While whispering murmurs will reveal
How souls can love in God's own light.
Come back to me!
"Karazah To Karl" by Adah Isaacs Menken

In news:

Alec Baldwin's Betrothed Buys Adjoining Condo.
At Jay McInerney's book party, Jada Yuan talked betrothal with Rudy and Judi Giuliani.
Betrothed Misi Blotsky and Chad Kayl of Burbank have announced their engagement and plans for an Oct 16 wedding at the Spearfish Canyon Resort in Spearfish.
People pack their loved ones—babies, betrotheds, favorite aunts, pets—out to the nearest and best patch of bluebonnets , set them down amid the prodigious blue, and snap their pictures.
Maeder Mildred toasts her betrothed in a (repurposed) hand-me-down gown in 1981.
"We couldn't be happier," say Big Love star Ginnifer Goodwin and her betrothed, actor Joey Kern.
Need a gift for the betrothed couple.
Whether you and your betrothed are looking for the hustle of city streets or the privacy of an island cabana, one of these holidays will suit your persuasion.
With his betrothed upon my back.
The New Jersey-born daughter of a trucking company owner, she is now betrothed one of the world's top recording artists, Sir Paul McCartney.
The brainchild of betrothed Boston restaurateurs Christopher Myers (Radius, Via Matta) and Joanne Chang (Flour), the restaurant had foodies buzzing months before it opened in September.