- betrothed; engaged.
Origin of affianced
- to pledge by promise of marriage; betroth.
- a pledging of faith, as a marriage contract.
- trust; confidence; reliance.
Origin of affiance
Examples from the Web for affianced
Historical Examples of affianced
It is his right to know the truth, and—what can Ned say while I'm affianced?The Bacillus of Beauty
It is strange,—the repugnance with which she regarded the suit of her affianced!Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Will it please you to remember that M. d'Ombreval is my affianced husband?The Trampling of the Lilies
She is the only daughter of my comrade and she is my affianced bride.Giants on the Earth
Sterner St. Paul Meek
Long time ago they were affianced, but she has been down in the wilderness.The Wedding Ring
T. De Witt Talmage
- (tr) to bind (a person or oneself) in a promise of marriage; betroth
- archaic a solemn pledge, esp a marriage contract
Word Origin 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.