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be·​trothed bi-ˈtrōt͟hd How to pronounce betrothed (audio)
: 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]


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: 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

Noun he gazed lovingly at his betrothed throughout the dinner
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El Moussa's then-fiancée (now wife), Selling Sunset realtor Heather Rae Young, has a surprising connection to Hall, and the betrothed pair have even met him several times. Diane J. Cho, Peoplemag, 11 July 2023 After being crowned King on last week's episode, Wednesday's Comedy Roast Night saw the betrothed pink dinosaur get the boot. Lauren Huff,, 17 Nov. 2022 El Moussa's fiancée, Selling Sunset realtor Heather Rae Young, has a surprising connection to Joshua and the betrothed pair have even met him a number of times. Diane J. Cho, Peoplemag, 5 Sep. 2022 Would one be expected to provide a gift to the betrothed couple? Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is hosting a Colonial wedding dance, such as Webster himself would have taken part in with his betrothed Rebecca Greenleaf, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. Colonial costumes encouraged but not required. Christopher Arnott,, 4 Nov. 2021 Pay close attention to the betrothed couple's preferred dress code. Karen I. Chen, Travel + Leisure, 11 Aug. 2021 El Moussa's fiancée, Selling Sunset realtor Heather Rae Young, has a surprising connection to Joshua and the betrothed pair have even met him a number of times! Katie Campione,, 9 July 2021 The betrothed pair celebrated with a brunch David had organized with both sets of parents, and later on, a party at a local bar with more family and friends. Shira Savada, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 Dec. 2020
The Unification Church became known worldwide for mass weddings, in which thousands of couples get married simultaneously, with some brides and grooms meeting their betrothed for the first time on their wedding day. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, 14 Oct. 2023 WedKings From long-shot loves to sure-thing sweethearts, bet your heart out on the romantic futures of the betrothed and beyond. Alex Watt, The New Yorker, 7 July 2023 Forsyth's father, Robert Forsyth, who spoke publicly for the first time to Fox News Digital, said the loss is especially tragic for his son's betrothed, whose child will never meet him. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 7 June 2023 Legend has it, the phrase was a reminder from his betrothed to keep his hands a 10 and 2. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2023 In episode four, Zack Goytowski — a criminal defense lawyer from Seattle — and his betrothed finally meet face-to-face for the first time. Katherine Singh,, 27 Mar. 2023 The Princess Joey King stars in this action movie as a princess who refuses to marry her betrothed, a man eager to take over her father's throne. Hannah Kerns, Peoplemag, 21 Feb. 2023 Mark Followill, the Mavericks television play-by-play announcer, served as the officiant for the betrothed. Dallas News, 14 Feb. 2023 And deBell suspects that the quiet side of Mallorca is also trending upwards as a result of increasing creativity on the part of the betrothed; everybody wants to top what their peers have done. Charlie Hobbs, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History



from past participle of betroth


noun derivative of betrothed entry 1

First Known Use


1557, in the meaning defined above


1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of betrothed was in 1557

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“Betrothed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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be·​trothed -ˈträtht How to pronounce betrothed (audio) -ˈtrȯtht How to pronounce betrothed (audio)
: the person to whom one is betrothed

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