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betrothed

[bih-trohth d, -trawtht]
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adjective
  1. engaged to be married: She is betrothed to that young lieutenant.
noun
  1. the person to whom one is engaged: He introduced us to his betrothed.

Origin of betrothed

First recorded in 1530–40; betroth + -ed2
Related formsun·be·trothed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unbetrothed

Historical Examples

  • The seduction of any unbetrothed maiden involved marriage, or the payment of a dowry.

    The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus

    G. A. Chadwick

  • If one deceives an unbetrothed woman and sleep with her, he must pay for her and have her afterwards to wife.


British Dictionary definitions for unbetrothed

betrothed

adjective
  1. engaged to be marriedhe was betrothed to her
noun
  1. the person to whom one is engaged; fiancé or fiancée
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Word Origin and History for unbetrothed

betrothed

adj.

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

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