be·​troth | \ bi-ˈtrōt͟h How to pronounce betroth (audio) , -ˈtrȯth, bē- How to pronounce betroth (audio) \
betrothed; betrothing; betroths

Definition of betroth

transitive verb

1 : to promise to marry
2 : to give in marriage

Examples of betroth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although Ada is betrothed to a wealthy man, Omar (Babacar Sylla), her affections remain with Souleiman, a suave but less prosperous suitor who leaves their coastal town in Senegal in hopes of finding steady work in Spain. New York Times, "What to Stream on Valentine’s Day," 13 Feb. 2020 Maren, at that instant, is betrothed to Dag; her brother Erik is married to Diinna, an indigenous Sámi woman, who is pregnant. Bethanne Patrick, Washington Post, "In ‘The Mercies,’ a deadly storm isn’t the only danger for a Scandinavian community," 17 Feb. 2020 But by this time, Henry was already deeply besotted with his own mistress Jane Seymour; he would be betrothed to her the day after Boleyn’s execution. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Anne Boleyn Has Had a Bad Reputation for Nearly 500 Years. Here's How One Historian Wants to Change That," 2 Dec. 2019 Massie’s account stretches from Catherine’s adolescence as Princess Sophia betrothed to the future Peter III to the end of her reign. Kristin Vartan,, "Love HBO’s Catherine the Great? There's more to know about the Russian empress," 18 Nov. 2019 Lawrence is hardly the first person to go from single to betrothed in a year’s time, but any major life change will no doubt have a lasting impact on your financial situation. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Jennifer Lawrence Is Taking a Loss on Her NYC Apartment—Here’s How Not to Avoid Her Mistake," 4 Nov. 2019 But who is Mapelli Mozzi, aside from the princess's new betrothed? Leah Asmelash, CNN, "5 things you need to know about Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who's about to marry into the British royal family," 26 Sep. 2019 Young William Shakespeare falls for Viola, reawakening his creativity, but she is betrothed to Wessex. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Agnes, at 14, is betrothed to an even more powerful Commander. Susan Straight, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel ‘The Testaments’ puts Margaret Atwood’s powers on full display," 4 Sep. 2019

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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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“Betroth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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be·​troth | \ bi-ˈtrōt͟h How to pronounce betroth (audio) , -ˈtrȯth \
betrothed; betrothing

Kids Definition of betroth

: to promise to marry or give in marriage

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