[ bih-trohth, -trawth ]
/ bɪˈtroʊð, -ˈtrɔθ /

verb (used with object)

to arrange for the marriage of; affiance (usually used in passive constructions): The couple was betrothed with the approval of both families.
Archaic. to promise to marry.

Nearby words

  1. betony,
  2. betook,
  3. betray,
  4. betrayal,
  5. betrayer,
  6. betrothal,
  7. betrothed,
  8. betsiamites,
  9. betsiboka,
  10. betsy

Origin of betroth

1275–1325; Middle English betrouthe, variant of betreuthe (be- be- + treuthe truth; see troth) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for betroth


/ (bɪˈtrəʊð) /


(tr) archaic to promise to marry or to give in marriage

Word Origin for betroth

C14 betreuthen, from be- + treuthe troth, truth

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Word Origin and History for betroth



c.1300, betrouthen, from bi-, here probably with a sense of "thoroughly," + Middle English treowðe "truth," from Old English treowðe "truth, a pledge" (see troth). Related: Betrothed; betrothing.

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