fiancé

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noun fi·an·cé \ˌfē-ˌän-ˈsā, fē-ˈän-ˌsā\

Definition of fiancé

  1. :  a man engaged to be married

Examples of fiancé in a sentence

  1. Let me introduce my fiancé.

  2. <couldn't wait to show off her fiancé to all of her relatives>

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

French, from Medieval French, from past participle of fiancer to promise, betroth, from Old French fiancier, from fiance promise, trust, from fier to trust, from Vulgar Latin *fidare, alteration of Latin fidere — more at bide


First Known Use: 1838


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