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betrothed

[bih-trohth d, -trawtht] /bɪˈtroʊðd, -ˈtrɔθt/
adjective
1.
engaged to be married:
She is betrothed to that young lieutenant.
noun
2.
the person to whom one is engaged:
He introduced us to his betrothed.
Origin of betrothed
1530-1540
First recorded in 1530-40; betroth + -ed2
Related forms
unbetrothed, adjective

betroth

[bih-trohth , -trawth] /bɪˈtroʊð, -ˈtrɔθ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to arrange for the marriage of; affiance (usually used in passive constructions):
The couple was betrothed with the approval of both families.
2.
Archaic. to promise to marry.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English betrouthe, variant of betreuthe (be- be- + treuthe truth; see troth)
Synonyms
1. engage, promise, pledge, plight.
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betrothed

/bɪˈtrəʊðd/
adjective
1.
engaged to be married: he was betrothed to her
noun
2.
the person to whom one is engaged; fiancé or fiancée

betroth

/bɪˈtrəʊð/
verb
1.
(transitive) (archaic) to promise to marry or to give in marriage
Word Origin
C14 betreuthen, from be- + treuthetroth, truth
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Word Origin and History for betrothed
adj.

1530s, past participle adjective from betroth (v.). As a noun, in use by 1580s.

betroth

v.

c.1300, betrouthen, from bi-, here probably with a sense of "thoroughly," + Middle English treowðe "truth," from Old English treowðe "truth, a pledge" (see troth). Related: Betrothed; betrothing.

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