or fi·an·ce

[ fee-ahn-sey, fee-ahn-sey ]
/ ˌfi ɑnˈseɪ, fiˈɑn seɪ /


a man engaged to be married.

Nearby words

  1. fiacre,
  2. fianarantsoa,
  3. fiance,
  4. fiancee,
  5. fianchetto,
  6. fiancée,
  7. fianna,
  8. fianna fáil,
  9. fiasco,
  10. fiat

Origin of fiancé

1850–55; < French: betrothed, past participle of fiancer, Old French fiancier, verbal derivative of fiance a promise, equivalent to fi(er) to trust (< Vulgar Latin *fīdāre, Latin fīdere) + -ance -ance; see -ee

Can be confusedfiancé fiancée faience Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fiance


/ (fɪˈɒnseɪ) /


a man who is engaged to be married

Word Origin for fiancé

C19: from French, from Old French fiancier to promise, betroth, from fiance a vow, from fier to trust, from Latin fīdere

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Word Origin and History for fiance



"man to whom one is betrothed," 1864, from French fiancé, past participle of fiancer "to betroth" (see fiancee).

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