from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Espousal; marriage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete Espousal.
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- noun obsolete
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Rebukyng other or to speke of your noble blood or kynrede/for in the spousage and seruyce of god/the poorest mannes doughter lyuynge shall be egall & lyke to the gretest kynges doughter lyuynge in erthe.
The legislature could choose any term but "marriage" to describe this new kind of contract created by the courts, be it a familiar one like "matrimony" or get creative and invent one ... call it "spousage".