Definition of subarrhation in English:


Line breaks: sub|ar¦rha¦tion
Pronunciation: /sʌbəˈreɪʃ(ə)n


[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'.

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