betrothed


adjective

  1. engaged to be married: She is betrothed to that young lieutenant.

noun

  1. the person to whom one is engaged: He introduced us to his betrothed.

verb (used with object)

  1. to arrange for the marriage of; affiance (usually used in passive constructions): The couple was betrothed with the approval of both families.
  2. Archaic. to promise to marry.

adjective

  1. engaged to be marriedhe was betrothed to her

noun

  1. the person to whom one is engaged; fiancé or fiancée

verb

  1. (tr) archaic to promise to marry or to give in marriage
adj.

1530s, past participle adjective from betroth (v.). As a noun, in use by 1580s.

v.

c.1300, betrouthen, from bi-, here probably with a sense of “thoroughly,” + Middle English treowðe “truth,” from Old English treowðe “truth, a pledge” (see troth). Related: Betrothed; betrothing.

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