- to pledge by promise of marriage; betroth.
- a pledging of faith, as a marriage contract.
- trust; confidence; reliance.
Origin of affiance
Examples from the Web for affiance
In the words of the old church-service, "Her soul must ever have affiance in God."
Thus he pledged his faith, and the Duke accepted his affiance.French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France
Marie de France
Their notion of the real meaning of the period of affiance commended itself entirely to his lofty sentiments.Kophetua the Thirteenth
The young Duke of Hamilton was, however, the successful one; and the pledge of affiance passed mutually.The Memorials of the Hamlet of Knightsbridge
Henry George Davis
Jealousy and distrust are the bane of friendship, whose essence is esteem and affiance.Letters on the Improvement of the Mind
- (tr) to bind (a person or oneself) in a promise of marriage; betroth
- archaic a solemn pledge, esp a marriage contract
Word Origin and History for affiance
1520s, "to promise," from Old French afiancier "to pledge, promise, give one's word," from afiance (n.) "confidence, trust," from afier "to trust," from Late Latin affidare, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + fidare "to trust," from fidus (see affidavit). From mid-16c. especially "to promise in marriage." Related: Affianced; affiancing.