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sponsālis, e, adj. [3. sponsus].

I. Of or belonging to betrothal or espousal, spousal, sponsal (class.): quo die sponsum erat, sponsalis, Varr. L. L. 6, 70 Müll.: tabulae, Hier. Ep. 54, 15: largitas, Cod. Th. 3, 16, 2. —

II. Substt.

A. sponsālĭa, ĭum (gen. sponsaliorum, Sen. Ben. 1, 9, 4; Suet. Aug. 53), n.

1. A betrothal, espousal: sponsalia dicta sunt a spondendo. Nam moris fuit veteribus stipulari et spondere sibi uxores futuras, Dig. 23, 1, 2; where v. the whole section: De sponsalibus; and cf. Sulp. ap. Gell. 4, 4, 2: qui (homines missi) Romam venerant factis sponsalibus, Cic. Att. 6, 6, 1; Liv. 38, 57; Ov. H. 19 (20), 29: parare, Juv. 6, 25: decentissimum sponsaliorum genus, Sen. Ben. 1, 9, 4: dies sponsaliorum, Suet. Aug. 53; Plin. 9, 35, 58, 117. —

2. A betrothal feast: A. d. VIII. Id. Apr. sponsalia Crassipedi praebui, Cic. Q. Fr. 2, 6, 1.—

3. A betrothal gift (post-class.), Cod. Just. 5, 3, 3; 5, 71, 8.—

B. spon-sāle, is, n., a bridal bed, Tert. adv. Val. 31.