Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun[mass noun] rare
- What parish priest is the authorized witness of sponsalia?
- In the absence of either the ordinary or the parish priest, the law requires that two witnesses shall sign the sponsalia.
- Tokens were customarily exchanged at the time of a sponsalia.
Mid 16th century: Latin, 'betrothal', neuter plural of sponsalis (adjective), from sponsare 'espouse, betroth'.
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