- engaged to be married: She is betrothed to that young lieutenant.
- the person to whom one is engaged: He introduced us to his betrothed.
Origin of betrothed
- to arrange for the marriage of; affiance (usually used in passive constructions): The couple was betrothed with the approval of both families.
- Archaic. to promise to marry.
Origin of betroth
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Examples from the Web for betrothed
Across the globe, millions of boys and girls are betrothed so young they spend the majority of their adolescence already married.The Sad Hidden Plight of Child Grooms
September 18, 2014
Twice widowed by kings and betrothed to a third, her dream is well on its way to becoming reality.Valar Morghulis: Game of Thrones’ Women Are Going to Rule the World
June 17, 2014
Her demand was simple: I will not marry Loras Tyrell (i.e., the “renowned pillow-biter” to whom Papa Tywin has betrothed her).Best ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Yet
June 16, 2014
As a young woman, her sister was promised to Luthor Tyrell, while her betrothed was a Targaryen.Game of Thrones’ ‘Oathkeeper’: Joffrey’s Killer Revealed, White Walkers, and A New Jaime Lannister
April 28, 2014
Noah's—including his barren, adopted daughter Ila, who is betrothed to his son Shem—are.‘Noah’ Review: An Ambitious, Flawed Biblical Tale That You Have to See
March 28, 2014
Had she told Helen, too, that Ned Hynes—what was he to my betrothed?The Bacillus of Beauty
Was the nursing of my betrothed one of those services, Marquis?Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Miss Cameron will, indeed, be a treasure to her betrothed husband.
I may fancy that her betrothed is not worthy of her,—but that is for her to decide.
When you asked me, most properly, my intentions, I told you that I was betrothed to another lady.The Incomplete Amorist
- engaged to be marriedhe was betrothed to her
- the person to whom one is engaged; fiancé or fiancée
- (tr) archaic to promise to marry or to give in marriage
Word Origin and History for betrothed
1530s, past participle adjective from betroth (v.). As a noun, in use by 1580s.