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subarrhation

Line breaks: sub|ar¦rha¦tion
Pronunciation: /sʌbəˈreɪʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of subarrhation in English:

noun

[mass noun] historical , rare
An ancient marriage contract in which gifts were given by the man to the woman.
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.

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin subarrhatio(n-), from subarrhare 'espouse, betroth'.

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