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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • affianced — committed committed adj. 1. Bound or obligated, as under a pledge to a particular cause, action, or attitude. Opposite of {uncommitted}. Note: [Narrower terms: {bound up, involved, wrapped up}; {dedicated, devoted}; {pledged, sworn}] [WordNet… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • affianced — un·affianced; …   English syllables

  • affianced — /euh fuy euhnst/, adj. betrothed; engaged. [1570 80; AFFIANCE + ED2] * * * …   Universalium

  • affianced — Synonyms and related words: assured, betrothed, bound, bride to be, committed, compromised, contracted, engaged, fiance, fiancee, future, guaranteed, intended, obligated, pledged, plighted, promised, sworn, underwritten, warranted …   Moby Thesaurus

  • affianced — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Pledged to marry: betrothed, engaged, intended, plighted. See MARRIAGE …   English dictionary for students

  • affianced — af|fi|anced [əˈfaıənst] adj old use [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: afiancer, from Medieval Latin affidare; AFFIDAVIT] ↑engaged …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • affianced — adj. betrothed, engaged to be married; closely connected af·fi·ance || É™ faɪəns v. betroth, engage to be married …   English contemporary dictionary

  • affianced — adjective old use engaged (1) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • affianced — /æfiˈɒnst/ (say afee onst), /əˈfaɪənst/ (say uh fuyuhnst) adjective betrothed …   Australian English dictionary

  • affianced — ▶ adjective (poetic/literary). See engaged sense 2 …   Useful english dictionary

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