[ bih-trohthd, -trawtht ]
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  1. engaged to be married: She is betrothed to that young lieutenant.

  1. the person to whom one is engaged: He introduced us to his betrothed.

Origin of betrothed

First recorded in 1530–40; betroth + -ed2

Other words from betrothed

  • un·be·trothed, adjective

Words Nearby betrothed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use betrothed in a sentence

  • Farther down the gravel-walk strolls a young Frenchman and his fiancée—the mother of his betrothed inevitably at her side!

    The Real Latin Quarter | F. Berkeley Smith
  • One day her mother heard her singing a popular nautical ballad, on the devotion of a sailor's bride to her betrothed.

    Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
  • This evening Rudy and Babette sat together, as betrothed, for the last time at the mill.

    Rudy and Babette | Hans Christian Andersen
  • And, since he was her betrothed, one or two iron-gray hairs in the man's head had turned white, and lines deepened in his face.

  • When the proud senator returned home, he told his wife that he had that day betrothed their daughter.

British Dictionary definitions for betrothed


/ (bɪˈtrəʊðd) /

  1. engaged to be married: he was betrothed to her

  1. the person to whom one is engaged; fiancé or fiancée

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