- [often pl.]
- a betrothal or betrothal ceremony
- a marriage or wedding
- an espousing (of some cause, idea, etc.); advocacy
Origin of espousalMiddle English espousaile from Old French espousailles (pl.) from Classical Latin sponsalia from sponsus (fem. sponsa): see spouse
- a. A betrothal.b. A wedding ceremony.
- Adoption of an idea or a cause.
Origin of espousalMiddle English espousaille from sing. of Old French espousailles betrothal from Latin spōnsālia from neuter pl. of spōnsālis of a betrothal from spōnsus spouse ; see spouse .