[fee-ahn-sey, fee-ahn-sey]


a woman engaged to be married.

Origin of fiancée

1850–55; < French; feminine of fiancé
Can be confusedfiancé fiancée faience Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for fiancee

affianced, future, intended, steady, betrothed

Examples from the Web for fiancee

Historical Examples of fiancee

  • My only acquaintance is with the fiancee, and I want you to introduce me.

  • Such was the view Kasatsky held of women, and that was how he regarded his fiancee.

    Father Sergius

    Leo Tolstoy

  • John Doane's name was never mentioned in his fiancee's presence.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • She had intimated that he was a coward in not seeing his fiancee and telling her the truth.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I suppose the man couldn't have been a relation, or even her fiancee?

    The Pit Prop Syndicate

    Freeman Wills Crofts

British Dictionary definitions for fiancee



a woman who is engaged to be married
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for fiancee

"woman to whom one is betrothed," 1853, from French fianceé, fem. of fiancé, past participle of fiancer "to betroth," from fiance "a promise, trust," from fier "to trust," from Vulgar Latin *fidare (see affiance). Has all but expelled native betrothed. The verb fiance, now obsolete, was used c.1450-1600 for "to engage to be married."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper