be·​troth | \bi-ˈtrōt͟h, -ˈtrȯth, bē- \
betrothed; betrothing; betroths

Definition of betroth 

transitive verb

1 : to promise to marry

2 : to give in marriage

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For the foreseeable future, the betrothed have to contend with the agonizing ordeal of aligning venues, caterers, and Chiavari chairs on the exact calendar date of their choosing. Janelle Nanos,, "This couple avoided the angst of wedding planning with a $36,000 click," 4 May 2018 Guests are whisked up the mountain on the gondola to await you and your betrothed at the grassy amphitheater perched at the top. Mandy Ferreira, Sunset, "8 Wedding Venues with Jaw-Dropping Views," 22 Jan. 2018 Naturally, some of Future’s fans have already taken the coinciding date as an opportunity to rehash the formerly betrothed artists’ messy breakup and ensuing court dramas. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s Beast Mode 2," 6 July 2018 Overseeing the royal court in Athens are Theseus (Michael Toperzer), the Duke of Athens, who is betrothed to Hippolyta (Elana Michelle), the Queen of the Amazons. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "A Midsummer Night in Ellicott City," 28 June 2018 The structural necessity for demurral is why the wedded or betrothed have always provided such excellent seduction possibilities; think courtly love. Laura Kipnis, The Cut, "Should There Be a Future for Seduction?," 10 June 2018 When Markle made her move across the pond to join her betrothed, Guy came with her while Markle’s other rescue dog stayed behind in the States with close friends. Southern Living, "Queen Elizabeth Spotted With Very Special Wedding Guest," 18 May 2018 Once upon a time, before she was betrothed to Prince Harry, one Rachel Meghan Markle was very politically outspoken, posting Instagrams in support of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential run., "Meghan Markle Can No Longer Be Political — But She Has Strong Opinions About Trump," 17 May 2018 Whether a person’s betrothed or own family raises this issue, the ensuing conversation is likely to be about as romantic as deciding who takes out the trash. Paul Sullivan, New York Times, "Getting Married? Forget Sweet Nothings; Let’s Talk About Money," 27 Apr. 2018

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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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be·​troth | \bi-ˈtrōt͟h, -ˈtrȯth\
betrothed; betrothing

Kids Definition of betroth

: to promise to marry or give in marriage

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