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

Definition of subarrhation in English:


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