Meaning of espousal

es•pous•al

Pronunciation: (i-spou'zul, -sul), [key]
— n.
  1. adoption or advocacy, as of a cause or principle.
  2. Sometimes,
    1. a marriage ceremony.
    2. an engagement or betrothal celebration.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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