be·​troth | \ bi-ˈtrōt͟h How to pronounce betroth (audio) , -ˈtrȯth, bē- How to pronounce betroth (audio) \
betrothed; betrothing; betroths

Definition of betroth

transitive verb

1 : to promise to marry
2 : to give in marriage

Examples of betroth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although Ada is betrothed to a wealthy man, Omar (Babacar Sylla), her affections remain with Souleiman, a suave but less prosperous suitor who leaves their coastal town in Senegal in hopes of finding steady work in Spain. New York Times, 13 Feb. 2020 Maren, at that instant, is betrothed to Dag; her brother Erik is married to Diinna, an indigenous Sámi woman, who is pregnant. Bethanne Patrick, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2020 But by this time, Henry was already deeply besotted with his own mistress Jane Seymour; he would be betrothed to her the day after Boleyn’s execution. Suyin Haynes, Time, 2 Dec. 2019 Massie’s account stretches from Catherine’s adolescence as Princess Sophia betrothed to the future Peter III to the end of her reign. Kristin Vartan,, 18 Nov. 2019 Lawrence is hardly the first person to go from single to betrothed in a year’s time, but any major life change will no doubt have a lasting impact on your financial situation. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, 4 Nov. 2019 But who is Mapelli Mozzi, aside from the princess's new betrothed? Leah Asmelash, CNN, 26 Sep. 2019 Young William Shakespeare falls for Viola, reawakening his creativity, but she is betrothed to Wessex. Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2019 Agnes, at 14, is betrothed to an even more powerful Commander. Susan Straight, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of betroth

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for betroth

Middle English, from be- + trouthe truth, troth

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“Betroth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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be·​troth | \ bi-ˈtrōt͟h How to pronounce betroth (audio) , -ˈtrȯth \
betrothed; betrothing

Kids Definition of betroth

: to promise to marry or give in marriage

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