noun[mass noun] • historical , • rare
- An ancient marriage contract in which gifts were given by the man to the woman.More example sentences
- The fact of subarrhation has to be certain; so that nothing can be proved from ringgiving per se.
- The old mode of espousals was by subarrhation.
- After this came the gift of the ring, a part of the ceremony which in ecclesiastical phraseology long retained the name of the subarrhation.
early 17th century: from Latin subarrhatio(n-), from subarrhare 'espouse, betroth'.