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[uh-fahy-uh ns]
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verb (used with object), af·fi·anced, af·fi·anc·ing.
  1. to pledge by promise of marriage; betroth.
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noun Archaic.
  1. a pledging of faith, as a marriage contract.
  2. trust; confidence; reliance.
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Origin of affiance

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French afiance, equivalent to afi(er) to pledge faith, declare on oath, betroth (< Medieval Latin affīdāre, equivalent to ad- ad- + *fīdāre, for Latin fīdere to trust; see confide) + -ance -ance
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  1. (tr) to bind (a person or oneself) in a promise of marriage; betroth
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  1. archaic a solemn pledge, esp a marriage contract
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Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin affīdāre to trust (oneself) to, from fīdāre to trust, from fīdus faithful
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Word Origin and History for affiance


1520s, "to promise," from Old French afiancier "to pledge, promise, give one's word," from afiance (n.) "confidence, trust," from afier "to trust," from Late Latin affidare, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + fidare "to trust," from fidus (see affidavit). From mid-16c. especially "to promise in marriage." Related: Affianced; affiancing.

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