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betrothed

adjective be·trothed \ bi-ˈtrōt͟hd , -ˈtrȯtht \

Definition of betrothed

: engaged to be married
  • a betrothed couple
  • … clasped hands, signifying the bond between betrothed men and women …
  • —Mary Feilden
  • For three years she and Emilio Estevez were an item and were even betrothed for a time.
  • People Weekly
  • (old-fashioned) her betrothed husband [=her fiancé; the man to whom she is engaged]

First Known Use of betrothed

1557

betrothed Synonyms

Synonyms
affianced, bespoke (also bespoken) [dialect], engaged, promised [chiefly dialect]
Antonyms
unattached
Related Words
committed

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betrothed

noun

Definition of betrothed

: the person to whom someone is engaged to be married
  • … she put on her grey silk gown and her cherry coloured ribbon with as much care as if she had been herself the betrothed.
  • —George Eliot
  • On this occasion he showed no affectionate desire to embrace his betrothed.
  • —Anthony Trollope

Examples of betrothed in a Sentence

  1. he gazed lovingly at his betrothed throughout the dinner

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