Origin of fiancé
usage note for fiancé
Words nearby fiancé
FIANCÉ VS. FIANCÉE
What’s the difference between fiancé and fiancée?
The word fiancé is traditionally used to refer to the man that a person is engaged to be married to (the groom-to-be). Fiancée is traditionally used to refer to the woman that a person is engaged to be married to (the bride-to-be).
However, the spelling fiancé—with just one e—is sometimes used without reference to gender.
The two words are pronounced exactly the same. Their different endings are due to the fact that they derive from French, which has grammatical gender, meaning that some words end differently depending on whether they are applied to men or women (with e being the feminine ending). This happens in a few other pairs of words in English, like blond and blonde, though in many cases the term without the e has become largely gender-neutral. This is the case with both blond and fiancé.
Similar to some other words derived from French (like résumé), they are sometimes written without accents, as fiance and fiancee.
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How to use fiancé in a sentence
My fiancé has a ten-year-old daughter who’s becoming interested in sports, and I encouraged her to add this to her reading list.
My fiancé said that his commitment to me is also a lifetime commitment to her.‘Power’ Star Naturi Naughton Got Engaged For Christmas|Charli Penn|January 1, 2021|Essence.com
I have gotten many friends registered to vote, the hardest one being my fiancé, who has never taken an interest in politics prior to this year.A Front-Line Struggle: Getting Reluctant Voters to Vote|Eugene Robinson|November 3, 2020|Ozy
She and her fiancé have been very cautious throughout the pandemic, ordering in groceries and even skipping out on festivities for their child’s first birthday.
So, although it’s odd to say your ex-fiancé, my ex fiancé is one of those people for me.Full Transcript: Tomi Lahren on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’|Daniel Malloy|August 31, 2020|Ozy
And this is all on top of a 2005 incident, where a former fiance sought a restraining order against him.Yet Again, George Zimmerman Proves He’s Violent, Aggressive, and Confrontational|Jamelle Bouie|November 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Dear Blogger: My fiance and I are roughly-30-year-old software developers.
I used to be into you and your fiance Blake Shelton's tweets, but neither of you have really been tweeting anymore.
Katie Finneran's emotional acceptance speech dedicated to her fiance.
He employed Corentin to clear up the dark side of the life of Clotilde's fiance.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z|Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
But certainly I had not expected to see sitting on the page written in my fiance's hand, the face of another woman.The Way of a Man|Emerson Hough
The father agrees with her; and he and her fiance, this gentleman here, have run away with her, to prevent her being locked up.The Cornet of Horse|G. A. Henty
And then suppose after you came home you took your wife, or your mother, or your fiance, to see this play.Seeing Things at Night|Heywood Broun
He merely returned home to bid his last farewell to his dying mother, and to intrust her to the care of his fiance.A Fantasy of Far Japan|Baron Kencho Suyematsu