betroth

verb
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

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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 But with Saigon falling, and Kim already betrothed to the ferociously possessive Thuy (Jinwoo Jung, a brooding and commanding presence), separation is inevitable. James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: A pair of powerful performances help redeem sprawling, uneasy spectacle of ‘Miss Saigon’," 11 July 2019 The princess is already betrothed when Aladdin meets her. National Geographic, "Top ten things you didn't know about Aladdin," 23 May 2019 She’s been betrothed to another, more devout boy named Garret (Lewis Pullman), and this love triangle threatens to throw the whole operation into turmoil. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Them That Follow Is a Lazy Portrait of Religious Fanaticism," 20 June 2019 In 1473, when Caterina was 10, her family made a political alliance and betrothed her to Girolamo Riario, a man 20 years her senior and nephew of Pope Sixtus IV. National Geographic, "This Renaissance warrior woman defied powerful popes to defend her lands," 15 Mar. 2019 The Internet was sent into an investigative frenzy after Bieber was spotted teary-eyed and dramatically hanging his head in his hands during a bike ride with his recently betrothed, model Hailey Baldwin, in New York on Tuesday. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Now We Know Why Justin Bieber Was Crying in Public," 9 Aug. 2018 Softening the look with ethereal swirls of blush pink on the cheeks and nude mauve lips, the high-impact purple jewel tone is already striking a chord with beauty lovers and those also soon-to-be betrothed as indicated by Instagram admirers. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra Pulls Off the Ultimate Makeup Risk at her Bridal Shower," 29 Oct. 2018 Simba is being trained to take over his father's kingship when Mufasa passes and is betrothed to a lioness named Nala. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Surprise! Disney drops first trailer for “live-action” film The Lion King," 23 Nov. 2018

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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

verb
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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