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 Dictionary entry overview: What does betrothal mean? 

  The noun BETROTHAL has 2 senses:

1. a mutual promise to marry
2. the act of becoming betrothed or engaged

  Familiarity information: BETROTHAL used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1betrothal [BACK TO TOP]


A mutual promise to marry

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


betrothal; troth; engagement

Hypernyms ("betrothal" is a kind of...):

promise (a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "betrothal"):

ringing (the giving of a ring as a token of engagement)

Sense 2betrothal [BACK TO TOP]


The act of becoming betrothed or engaged

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


betrothal; espousal

Hypernyms ("betrothal" is a kind of...):

rite; ritual (any customary observance or practice)

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