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[fee-ahn-sey, fee-ahn-sey] /ˌfi ɑnˈseɪ, fiˈɑn seɪ/
a man engaged to be married.
Origin of fiancé
1850-55; < French: betrothed, past participle of fiancer, Old French fiancier, verbal derivative of fiance a promise, equivalent to fi(er) to trust (< Vulgar Latin *fīdāre, Latin fīdere) + -ance -ance; see -ee
Can be confused
fiancé, fiancée, faience. Unabridged
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  • Only the arrival of Christine and her fiance saved his philosophy from complete rout.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "But you just called him 'the capable Ruggles,'" insisted the fiance.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • It was after my wife's death, when I was making the first advances to my present fiance.

    Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit) Frank Wedekind
  • Dicky looked up from his labours at this, and beheld his fiance for the first time.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • This might be pardonable, but, as regarded my fiance, what should I do?

  • "That must be the fiance of the younger one," thought the wheelwright.

  • They reported at Timothy's, how they had seen June and her fiance at the theatre.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for fiance


a man who is engaged to be married
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Old French fiancier to promise, betroth, from fiance a vow, from fier to trust, from Latin fīdere
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Word Origin and History for fiance

"man to whom one is betrothed," 1864, from French fiancé, past participle of fiancer "to betroth" (see fiancee).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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