betroth

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v betroth give to in marriage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Betroth To contract to any one for a marriage; to engage or promise in order to marriage; to affiance; -- used esp. of a woman. "He, in the first flower of my freshest age, Betrothed me unto the only heir.""Ay, and we are betrothed ."
    • Betroth To nominate to a bishopric, in order to consecration.
    • Betroth To promise to take (as a future spouse); to plight one's troth to. "What man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • betroth To contract to give in marriage to another; promise or pledge one's troth for the marriage of; affiance.
    • betroth To engage to take in marriage; pledge one's troth to marry.
    • betroth To nominate to a bishopric in order to consecration.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Betroth be-troth′ to contract or promise in order to marriage: to affiance:
    • v.t Betroth be-troth′ (obs.) to pledge one's self to any cause
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. be-, + troth, i. e., truth,. See Truth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pfx. be-, and Troth or Truth.

Usage

In literature:

Anna shrewdly suspected the truth, namely, that Rose was Jervis Blake's secret betrothed.
"Good Old Anna" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
It pleased me; I betrothed him; this was the day appointed for the nuptials.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
To-day is his betrothal; in three days his marriage.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
Moreover, she had taken an irretrievable step in betrothing herself to Captain Kilmeny.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
Know'st thou she's betroth'd my wife?
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
It is given to so few to know happiness that one would like to linger over the days which followed their betrothal.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
Verily, then, must I abandon my design, and adopt some other for the rescue of my betrothed?
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Still was she beautiful, but it was beauty of a far less spiritual order than that of my betrothed.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Their betrothal was made public, and he rode away to prepare his home for their marriage in the spring.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
This was his betrothment and marriage to Marie Helene, the daughter of Nicolas Boulle, private secretary to the young King.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Some people are betrothed with rings and some are not.
"Romola" by George Eliot
My mother looked after the betrothed couple as they walked away; I looked at my mother's fine high-bred resolute face.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Quick as thought another blade flashed from its sheath, and the angerful gray eyes of my betrothed burned in indignant challenge.
"Margaret Tudor" by Annie T. Colcock
And he mentioned the existing betrothal as the very reason why Clara should remain here in the care of her future mother-in-law.
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
It is a very simple betrothal.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Don Fernando and Don Alvar are betrothed to two Andalusian ladies, Rosaura and Isabella.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
There was some difficulty, which I afterwards learnt that my sister-in-law had obviated, about my betrothal taking place from home.
"Curious, if True" by Elizabeth Gaskell
There lay the ship of the robber, there landed the boat which carried away my beloved daughter and her betrothed.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
Her Betrother lives in Cuba.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
But not one thought did she give to poor Jack, whose betrothal-ring she carried pinned to her pocket.
"Pretty Madcap Dorothy" by Laura Jean Libbey
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In poetry:

She, who is the Nile's devoted,
Courted with a watery smile;
Her betrothal duly noted
By the bridesmaid Crocodile!
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
He with betrothing grandeur girt
Our hearts, and gorgeously
Made nature's sacrament of charm
Our wedding-ring to be.
"Immortal Eve - II" by Manmohan Ghose
VI. THE BETROTHAL.
Had then God heard her? Had He sent
His angel down? In flesh and blood,
Before her Esek Harden stood!
"Mabel Martin" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Feel again the strange shy newness,
The betrothing one first kiss?
Oh, my own, you are remembering
In an hour like this."
"No News From The War" by Augusta Davies Webster
She knows if woman stands aloft,
The wicked men will scorn and scoff,
And yet when they desire betroth—
She charms them.
"The Model Girl" by Frank Barbour Coffin
That this kind Days-Man in one band
Might God and man betroth,
He on both parties lays his hand,
Thy Husband pleases both.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Alec Baldwin's Betrothed Buys Adjoining Condo.
At Jay McInerney's book party, Jada Yuan talked betrothal with Rudy and Judi Giuliani.
Betrothed Misi Blotsky and Chad Kayl of Burbank have announced their engagement and plans for an Oct 16 wedding at the Spearfish Canyon Resort in Spearfish.
People pack their loved ones—babies, betrotheds, favorite aunts, pets—out to the nearest and best patch of bluebonnets , set them down amid the prodigious blue, and snap their pictures.
Maeder Mildred toasts her betrothed in a (repurposed) hand-me-down gown in 1981.
"We couldn't be happier," say Big Love star Ginnifer Goodwin and her betrothed, actor Joey Kern.
Need a gift for the betrothed couple.
Whether you and your betrothed are looking for the hustle of city streets or the privacy of an island cabana, one of these holidays will suit your persuasion.
With his betrothed upon my back.
The New Jersey-born daughter of a trucking company owner, she is now betrothed one of the world's top recording artists, Sir Paul McCartney.
The brainchild of betrothed Boston restaurateurs Christopher Myers (Radius, Via Matta) and Joanne Chang (Flour), the restaurant had foodies buzzing months before it opened in September.
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