noun[mass noun] historical, rare
An ancient marriage contract in which gifts were given by the man to the woman.
- It takes the place of a long form of blessing which followed the subarrhation in the ancient Office.
- The exchange of the collar-stud between Aziz and Fielding may be compared with 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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