from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Espousal; marriage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Espousal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete espousal


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Old French espousaige, from espouser. See spouse (transitive verb).


  • 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.

    A Ryght Profytable Treatyse Compendiously Drawen Out Of Many and Dyvers Wrytynges Of Holy Men

  • 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".



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