fiancée

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

noun

a woman engaged to be married.

Nearby words

  1. fianarantsoa,
  2. fiance,
  3. fiancee,
  4. fianchetto,
  5. fiancé,
  6. fianna,
  7. fianna fáil,
  8. fiasco,
  9. fiat,
  10. fiat justitia, ruat caelum

Origin of fiancée

1850–55; < French; feminine of fiancé

Can be confusedfiancé fiancée faience

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British Dictionary definitions for fiancee

fiancée

/ (fɪˈɒnseɪ) /

noun

a woman who is engaged to be married
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Word Origin and History for fiancee

fiancee

n.

"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."

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