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- a betrothal or betrothal ceremony
- a marriage or wedding
- an espousing (of some cause, idea, etc.); advocacy
Origin: Middle English espousaile ; from Old French espousailles (pl.) ; from Classical Latin sponsalia ; from sponsus (fem. sponsa): see spouse
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- a. A betrothal.b. A wedding ceremony.
- Adoption of an idea or a cause.
Origin: Middle 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.