future; soon to be the thing specified (usually used in combination): bride-to-be.

Origin of to-be

First recorded in 1590–1600 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for to-be

Historical Examples of to-be

  • He began to speak of the Italy to-be as the "Italy of the People."

  • The seeress would break the straw and find within it a hair the color of the lover's-to-be.

    The Book of Hallowe'en

    Ruth Edna Kelley

  • He was told that M. de Mayenne had caused them to-be removed.

  • Indeed, on second thoughts he decided 'twould be best for Maud to-be set free from the classes for her ordinary music lessons.

    Blood Royal

    Grant Allen

  • We have a friend here (we have made dozens) who has a cat she calls To-be—the godfather being 'To-be or not to be!

    The Cockaynes in Paris

    Blanchard Jerrold