be·​trothed | \ bi-ˈtrōt͟hd How to pronounce betrothed (audio) , -ˈtrȯtht \

Definition of betrothed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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]



Definition of betrothed (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for betrothed

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of betrothed in a Sentence

Noun he gazed lovingly at his betrothed throughout the dinner
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 But with so many wedding celebrations put on pause indefinitely, countless betrothed pairs have been filled with sadness and disappointment, never mind financial burdens to add to the stress. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 21 May 2020 Set on the island of Brittany in the late 18th century, the French film brings together a young woman who’s unhappily betrothed and the female painter who’s been (secretly) hired to paint her portrait. Sage Young,, 28 Feb. 2020 Sebastian starred on Game Of Thrones for several seasons as Trystane Martell, the Prince who was betrothed to Princess Myrcella Baratheon and killed by the Sand Snakes shortly after her death. Kathryn Lindsay,, 18 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Parsing through the seemingly endless options of bouquets, ceremony arches, cakes and, most crucially, fashion to find what feels right for you and your betrothed can be blissful—or headache-inducing. Vogue, 1 June 2022 Where in the past, couples may have used a welcome event as a chance to catch up with out-of-town guests, Auguste says the betrothed are now looking to spend quality time with every attendee. Allie Volpe, Vogue, 3 Sep. 2021 Hugh, who plays one of the gay magicians, experiences his wifely tragedy very early on, when his betrothed is killed during a magic trick gone wrong. Rachel Handler, Vulture, 19 Aug. 2021 Meanwhile, a troop of ever-so-proper Dragoon Guards returns to town, and the soldiers are bemused to find all their betrotheds besotted with this fancified fop. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, 10 Feb. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of betrothed


1557, in the meaning defined above


1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for betrothed


from past participle of betroth


noun derivative of betrothed entry 1

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“Betrothed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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