affiancing
affiance af*fi"ance, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {affianced} ([a^]f*f[imac]"anst); p. pr. & vb. n. {affiancing} ([a^]f*f[imac]"an*s[i^]ng).] [Cf. OF. afiancier, fr. afiance.] 1. To betroth; to pledge one's faith to for marriage, or solemnly promise (one's self or another) in marriage. [1913 Webster]

To me, sad maid, he was affianced. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. To assure by promise. [Obs.] --Pope. [1913 Webster]


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  • affiancing — af·fi·ance || É™ faɪəns v. betroth, engage to be married …   English contemporary dictionary

  • affiancing — …   Useful english dictionary

  • affiance — af*fi ance, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {affianced} ([a^]f*f[imac] anst); p. pr. & vb. n. {affiancing} ([a^]f*f[imac] an*s[i^]ng).] [Cf. OF. afiancier, fr. afiance.] 1. To betroth; to pledge one s faith to for marriage, or solemnly promise (one s self or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • affianced — affiance af*fi ance, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {affianced} ([a^]f*f[imac] anst); p. pr. & vb. n. {affiancing} ([a^]f*f[imac] an*s[i^]ng).] [Cf. OF. afiancier, fr. afiance.] 1. To betroth; to pledge one s faith to for marriage, or solemnly promise (one… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • affiance — /euh fuy euhns/, v., affianced, affiancing, n. v.t. 1. to pledge by promise of marriage; betroth. n. Archaic. 2. a pledging of faith, as a marriage contract. 3. trust; confidence; reliance. [1300 50; ME < MF afiance, equiv. to afi(er) to pledge… …   Universalium

  • affiance — (v.) 1520s, to promise, from O.Fr. afiancier to pledge, promise, give one s word, from afiance (n.) confidence, trust, from afier to trust, from L.L. affidare, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + fidare to trust, from fidus …   Etymology dictionary

  • betrothal — n.; (also betrothment) Engagement, betrothing, affiancing, plighting …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • engagement — n. 1. Promise, stipulation, assurance, contract, pledge, obligation. 2. Plighting, betrothal, betrothment, affiancing. 3. Employment, occupation, business, calling, vocation, avocation. 4. Battle, conflict, combat, contest, action, fight,… …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • espousal — n. 1. Espousing, betrothing, affiancing, plighting. 2. Adoption, defence, support, maintenance …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • espousals — n. pl. Betrothment, betrothal, betrothing, plighting, affiancing, pledging in marriage …   New dictionary of synonyms

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