- 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.
Origin of betroth
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Examples from the Web for betroth
I betroth thee unto me according to the Law of Moses and Israel.Dreamers of the Ghetto
I went there not to meet death, but to betroth myself to it.Mauprat
I will betroth her to your nephew, my beloved Montagu's son.The Last Of The Barons, Complete
I only say, For six months to come, betroth yourself to no other man.The Talk of the Town, Volume 1 (of 2)
It was the custom to betroth before marriage, as it is at this day.Finger-Ring Lore
- (tr) archaic to promise to marry or to give in marriage
C14 betreuthen, from be- + treuthe troth, truth
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Word Origin and History for betroth
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