An engagé then knelt upon him to put on the harness, but when this was done he discovered that he had killed the poor dog.
Tis true he served you, and was your engagé on the voyage hither.
In one of our hospitals was a young lad of seventeen, who had managed to enlist as an "engagé volontaire" by lying as to his age.
He was at this time twenty-six years old, and had formerly been an engagé of the Jesuits.
early 15c., "to pledge," from Middle French engagier, from Old French en gage "under pledge," from en "make" + gage "pledge," through Frankish from Proto-Germanic *wadiare "pledge" (see wed).
It shows the common evolution of Germanic -w- to French -g-; cf. Guillaume from Wilhelm). Meaning "attract the attention of" is from 1640s; that of "employ" is from 1640s, from notion of "binding as by a pledge." Specific sense of "promise to marry" is 1610s (implied in engaged).