[bih-trohth d, -trawtht]


engaged to be married: She is betrothed to that young lieutenant.


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


[bih-trohth, -trawth]

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.

Origin of betroth

1275–1325; Middle English betrouthe, variant of betreuthe (be- be- + treuthe truth; see troth)

Synonyms for betroth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for betrothed

affianced, intended, committed

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British Dictionary definitions for betrothed



engaged to be marriedhe was betrothed to her


the person to whom one is engaged; fiancé or fiancée



(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 betrothed

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



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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