Definition of betroth
1 : to promise to marry
2 : to give in marriage
Recent Examples of betroth from the Web
The victorious Egyptian general Radames is betrothed to the princess Amneris, but falls in love instead with her slave, Aida, who is secretly the princess of Nubia, a rival African country.
The story centers on Mary (Ronan), who, as a child, was taken to France and betrothed to the French king’s eldest son Francis.
Mr. Molins said that she had been betrothed first to the man who killed a police captain and his companion in June in Magnanville near Paris and then to Adel Kermiche, who went on to kill an 85-year-old priest in St.-Étienne-du-Rouvray in July.
That forced Ned and Robert (who was betrothed to Lyanna) to go to war, leading to the fall of the Targaryens, the exodus of Daenerys, and the deaths not only of Rhaegar, but his wife Elia and two children, at the hands of Lannister soldiers.
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Origin and Etymology of betroth
Middle English, from be- + trouthe truth, troth
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
BETROTH Defined for Kids
Definition of betroth for Students
: to promise to marry or give in marriage
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