Definition of fiancée
: a woman engaged to be married
Examples of fiancée in a Sentence
My fiancée and I will be married in June.
his fiancée is insisting on an elaborate wedding
Recent Examples of fiancée from the Web
Trump has tweeted about Brzezinski's co-host and fiancee Joe Scarborough, but never used any of those descriptions.
His Pacers' career was effectively ended when he was stabbed in the abdomen and elbow in New York while waiting for a car with his ex-fiancee, Katrine Saltara, outside of the 1OAK Club.
Among the many grieving relatives is Jones' fiancee of 11 years, Deandrea Johnson, and four children, ages 10, 8 and 5.
DIOR HOMME FRONT ROW Looking slick in a black Dior Homme suit without a tie, actor Jamie Bell arrived with his actress fiancee Kate Mara at the Grand Palais venue to a flurry of camera flashes.
Two Baltimore police officers were dispatched to the home of Officer James Walton Smith and his fiancee, Kendra Diggs, in the 1100 block of N. Parrish St. on May 7, 2013 after a neighbor reported a domestic disturbance.
Pollard was also prone to giving them nicknames of her own such as Token, Whiteboy — my personal favorite — Rico, and Punk, who is now more commonly known as David Otunga, the fiancee of Jennifer Hudson.
Ellis, 28, and his fiancee, Tiffany Maldonado, were saving up for a down payment on a house.
Ossoff lives just outside the district with his fiancee.
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Promises, Promises: the History of affidavit, affiance, & fiancé
Affidavit refers to a written promise, and its Latin roots connect it to another kind of promise in English. It comes from a past tense form of the Latin verb affidare, meaning “to pledge”; in Latin, affidavit translates to “he or she has made a pledge.”
Affidare is also the root of affiance, an archaic English noun meaning “trust, faith, confidence,” “marriage contract or promise,” or a meaning that has completely fallen from use, “close or intimate relationship.” More familiar to modern English speakers is the verb affiance, meaning “to promise in marriage” or “to betroth.” It usually appears as a fancy-sounding participial adjective:
I like to give affianced friends a copy of Rebecca Mead’s book “One Perfect Day,” which exposes the ridiculous wedding industry.
—Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist, 7 October 2014
Affiance came through French to English in the 14th century, and, nearly 500 years later, the related French words fiancé and fiancée were added to English. Etymologically speaking, a fiancé or fiancée is a “promised one.”
Fiancé or fiancée?
People may well be anxious, when referring to their betrothed, to make sure that they use the correct term. So the fact that fiancé and fiancée are pronounced exactly the same may cause some degree of worry and uncertainty. These two words are borrowed directly from French, in which language they have equivalent but gendered meanings: fiancé refers to a man who is engaged to be married, and fiancée refers to a woman. We have, as of this date, no evidence suggesting that the meaning of either word is affected by the gender of the person to whom the fiancé or fiancée is engaged.
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