Definition of sponsalia in English:

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Pronunciation: /spɒnˈseɪlɪə/

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[mass noun] rare
Engagement or marriage: Jacques should not have entered into sponsalia if his first wife was still alive
More example sentences
  • 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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