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be·troth·al

 (bĭ-trō′thəl, -trô′thəl)
n.
1. The act of betrothing or the fact of being betrothed.
2. A mutual promise to marry; an engagement: announced their betrothal the next day.
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betrothal

(bɪˈtrəʊðəl)
n
1. engagement to be married
2. a mutual promise to marry
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be•troth•al

(bɪˈtroʊ ðəl, -ˈtrɔ θəl)

n.
the act or state of being betrothed; engagement. Sometimes, be•troth′ment.
[1835–45]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.betrothal - a mutual promise to marrybetrothal - a mutual promise to marry    
promise - a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future
ringing - the giving of a ring as a token of engagement
2.betrothal - the act of becoming betrothed or engagedbetrothal - the act of becoming betrothed or engaged
ritual, rite - any customary observance or practice
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betrothal

noun (Old-fashioned) engagement, promise, vow, plight, espousal (archaic), troth, affiancing, betrothing, marriage contract The betrothal was secret.
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betrothal

noun
The act or condition of being pledged to marry:
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Translations
خِطْبَه
zasnoubenízásnuby
forlovelse
trúlofun
zásnuby
nişanla ma

betrothal

[bɪˈtrəʊðəl] N (liter) → desposorios mpl
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betrothal

[bɪˈtrəʊðəl] n (old-fashioned)fiançailles fpl
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betrothal

n (obs, liter, hum)Verlobung f
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betrothal

[bɪˈtrəʊðl] nfidanzamento
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

betroth

(biˈtrəuð) , ((American) biˈtrəuθ) verb
to promise in marriage. She was betrothed to her husband at the age of twenty.
beˈtrothal noun
beˈtrothed noun
the person to whom one is betrothed. May I introduce you to my betrothed?
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References in classic literature ?
Well, I at least resemble the disciples of Esculapius in one thing -- that of not being able to call a day my own, not even that of my betrothal."
The betrothal of Rosa grew out of the soothing of his year of mental distress by his fast friend and old college companion, Drood: who likewise had been left a widower in his youth.
No betrothal ceremony took place and Natasha's engagement to Bolkonski was not announced; Prince Andrew insisted on that.
To it she had come back joyfully after all her absences; at its window she had knelt through that night of bitter agony when she believed Gilbert dying, and by it she had sat in speechless happiness the night of her betrothal. Many vigils of joy and some of sorrow had been kept there; and today she must leave it forever.
Had not the betrothal of that memorable night been followed by the betrothal at the altar, by the vows before God!
Levin saw proofs of this in his dress, in the old-fashioned threadbare coat, obviously not his everyday attire, in his shrewd deep-set eyes, in his idiomatic, fluent Russian, in the imperious tone that had become habitual from long use, and in the resolute gestures of his large, red, sunburnt hands, with an old betrothal ring on the little finger.
Then the King took counsel with himself and sent an order to the Simpleton that he was to have a bath, in a bath-room at the royal palace, and after that the betrothal should take place.
But Tess's desire seemed to be for a perpetual betrothal in which everything should remain as it was then.
It was only that afternoon that May Welland had let him guess that she "cared" (New York's consecrated phrase of maiden avowal), and already his imagination, leaping ahead of the engagement ring, the betrothal kiss and the march from Lohengrin, pictured her at his side in some scene of old European witchery.
"My daughter weds whom I select, and even now I have practically closed negotiations for her betrothal to Prince Philip, nephew of King Louis of France.
Love was made on these occasions in the form of bracelets; and, on all occasions during the period of betrothal, took a manufacturing aspect.
I have to tell you, senor, that be has demanded me for a wife, and my father, led away by what he considers Don Fernando's superiority over you, has favoured his suit so cordially, that in two days hence the betrothal is to take place with such secrecy and so privately that the only witnesses are to be the Heavens above and a few of the household.