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

transitive verb

: to promise to marry
: to give in marriage

Examples of betroth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nannina was betrothed at the age of 13 for a large dowry and brought to her husband’s house five years later. Pragya Agarwal, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Mar. 2024 After being whisked away on honeymoons with their newly betrothed, the couples spend three weeks counting down to decision day at the altar. Emily Smith,, 19 Oct. 2023 She had been betrothed, but the boy and his family were ashes now. Ottessa Moshfegh, Harper's Magazine, 9 May 2022 The actor was photographed boarding a Venetian water taxi with her newly betrothed wearing a white, A-line minidress. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 6 Oct. 2023 She is betrothed to someone else against her wishes. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 8 Sep. 2023 Watch on Amazon Prime Video Corpse Bride (2005) Tim Burton's Corpse Bride - Original Theatrical Trailer Watch on Victor Van Dort (Johnny Depp) and Victoria Everglot (Emily Watson) are betrothed at their families’ insistence. Claudia Guthrie, ELLE, 28 Aug. 2023 Two sisters, Fiordiligi, the older sister, and Dorabella, the younger sister, are betrothed to two men: Fiordiligi to Guglielmo and Dorabella to Ferrando. Jeremy Yudkin,, 17 July 2023 But Adele, who divorced philanthropist Simon Konecki in March 2021, has refused to confirm or deny that she and Paul are betrothed. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2023

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Word History


Middle English, from be- + trouthe truth, troth

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of betroth was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Betroth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


be·​troth bi-ˈträth How to pronounce betroth (audio) -ˈtrȯth How to pronounce betroth (audio)
 or with  t͟h
: to promise to marry or give in marriage

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