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

Definition of betrothed

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: 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

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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 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, "This Pre-COVID Destination Wedding Has Us Dreaming of Traveling Again," 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, "Hoda Kotb Surprises Six Couples with Train's Pat Monahan Singing "Marry Me" as Virtual First Wedding Dance," 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,, "The Most Romantic Movie Of 2020 Is A Period Drama Without A Man In Sight," 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,, "The Internet Just Discovered Florence Pugh’s Brother Was An Iconic Game Of Thrones Character," 18 Jan. 2020 As the truth unravels and the real villain of the story is unmasked, can there really be a fairytale ending for the betrothed pair? Rosy Cordero,, "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil casts a weak spell with $36 million opening weekend," 20 Oct. 2019 As is often the case, the same performers who portray Theseus, duke of Athens, and his betrothed, Hippolyta, also play the fairy king and queen, Oberon and Titania. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "The Restorative Power of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’," 7 Aug. 2019 Agnes is betrothed to Commander Judd, an original Son of Jacob who began Gilead. Susan Straight, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel ‘The Testaments’ puts Margaret Atwood’s powers on full display," 4 Sep. 2019 In Nazareth, a city in the northern region of Galilee, a young girl named Mary was betrothed to Joseph, of the house of David. National Geographic, "Mary and Joseph were tested by a miracle. An angel saved them.," 9 May 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Review: ‘Patience’ not Gilbert and Sullivan’s best, but still worthy," 10 Feb. 2017

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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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The first known use of betrothed was in 1557

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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Betrothed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of betrothed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal + old-fashioned : engaged to be married



English Language Learners Definition of betrothed (Entry 2 of 2)

formal + old-fashioned : the person that someone has promised to marry

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