Definition of fiancé
: a man engaged to be married
Examples of fiancé in a Sentence
Let me introduce my fiancé.
couldn't wait to show off her fiancé to all of her relatives
Recent Examples of fiancé from the Web
His fiance said the man had been golfing and drinking all day.
Cahoon had an American fiance and applied for a visa based on that relationship.
Late Thursday, the State Department said fiances qualify as close family under the Supreme Court ruling earlier this week, the Reuters news agency reports, citing the State Department website.
The photos were taken by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, while the story chronicles her relationship with fiance Alexis Ohanian, the co-fouder of the website Reddit.
Especially for the four-year-old daughter of Castile's fiance, who struggled with how to take in the fatal shooting.
Yanez killed Castile in his car last year while his fiance, Diamond Reynolds, and 4-year-old daughter were sitting in the vehicle.
Strous moved to Charlotte last year to be close to her fiance, and had worked for about six months as a student counselor at Central Piedmont Community College’s Harper Campus.
Your fiance’s poor hygiene IS extremely gross and unhealthy.
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Promises, Promises: the History of affidavit, affiance, & fiancé
Affidavit refers to a written promise, and its Latin roots connect it to another kind of promise in English. It comes from a past tense form of the Latin verb affidare, meaning “to pledge”; in Latin, affidavit translates to “he or she has made a pledge.”
Affidare is also the root of affiance, an archaic English noun meaning “trust, faith, confidence,” “marriage contract or promise,” or a meaning that has completely fallen from use, “close or intimate relationship.” More familiar to modern English speakers is the verb affiance, meaning “to promise in marriage” or “to betroth.” It usually appears as a fancy-sounding participial adjective:
I like to give affianced friends a copy of Rebecca Mead’s book “One Perfect Day,” which exposes the ridiculous wedding industry.
—Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist, 7 October 2014
Affiance came through French to English in the 14th century, and, nearly 500 years later, the related French words fiancé and fiancée were added to English. Etymologically speaking, a fiancé or fiancée is a “promised one.”
Fiancé or fiancée?
People may well be anxious, when referring to their betrothed, to make sure that they use the correct term. So the fact that fiancé and fiancée are pronounced exactly the same may cause some degree of worry and uncertainty. These two words are borrowed directly from French, in which language they have equivalent but gendered meanings: fiancé refers to a man who is engaged to be married, and fiancée refers to a woman. We have, as of this date, no evidence suggesting that the meaning of either word is affected by the gender of the person to whom the fiancé or fiancée is engaged.
Origin and Etymology of fiancé
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