Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of sponsalia in English:
noun[mass noun] rare
Engagement or marriage: Jacques should not have entered into sponsalia if his first wife was still alive
More example sentences
- Parties to the sponsalia might still resile, and if they did, could not be compelled to complete the marriage.
- In those days the formal procedure of a wedding scarcely differed from that of a betrothal and both these ceremonies could be called by the same name '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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