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sponsalia Line breaks: spon|sa¦lia
Pronunciation: /spɒnˈseɪlɪə/

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Definition of sponsalia in English:


[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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