Betroth

  • 1 betroth — [bē trōth′, bētrôth′; bitrōth′, bitrôth′] vt. [ME bitrouthen < be , BE + treuthe < OE treowth, truth] 1. Obs. to promise to marry 2. to promise in marriage [to betroth a daughter] …

    English World dictionary

  • 2 Betroth — Be*troth , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Betrothed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Betrothing}.] [Pref. be + troth, i. e., truth. See {Truth}.] 1. To contract to any one for a marriage; to engage or promise in order to marriage; to affiance; used esp. of a woman.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 betroth — (v.) c.1300, betrouthen, from bi , here probably with a sense of thoroughly, + M.E. treowðe truth, from O.E. treowðe truth, a pledge (see TROTH (Cf. troth)). Related: BETROTHED (Cf. Betrothed); betrothing …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 betroth — [v] marry affiance, become engaged, bind, commit, contract, engage, espouse, give one’s hand, make compact, plight faith, plight troth, promise, tie oneself to, vow; concept 297 Ant. divorce, leave, separate …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 betroth — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from be + trouthe truth, troth Date: 14th century 1. to promise to marry 2. to give in marriage …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 6 betroth — /bi trohdh , trawth /, v.t. 1. to arrange for the marriage of; affiance (usually used in passive constructions): The couple was betrothed with the approval of both families. 2. Archaic. to promise to marry. [1275 1325; ME betrouthe, var. of… …

    Universalium

  • 7 betroth — verb /bəˈtroʊð,bəˈtrɔθ/ To promise to give in marriage. He betrothed his daughter to a distant relative. See Also: affiance, fiancé, fiancée, plight, troth, marriage …

    Wiktionary

  • 8 Betroth —    To promise by one s truth. Men and women were betrothed when they were engaged to be married. This usually took place a year or more before marriage. From the time of betrothal the woman was regarded as the lawful wife of the man to whom she… …

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • 9 betroth — v. (rare) (B) they were betrothed to each other at an early age * * * [bɪ trəʊð] (rare) (B) they were betrothed to each other at an early age …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 betroth — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. publish the banns, become engaged, bestow one s hand, give one s hand, contract, pledge, promise, precontract, plight faith, plight troth, bind, engage, affiance, commit oneself to, undertake to marry, espouse …

    English dictionary for students

  • 11 betroth — see TRUE …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 12 betroth — be·troth || bɪ trəʊð v. engage to marry, bind with a promise to wed …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 13 betroth — [bɪ trəʊδ, θ] verb (be betrothed) dated be formally engaged to be married. noun (one s betrothed) the person to whom one is engaged. Derivatives betrothal noun Origin ME betreuthe: from be + …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 14 betroth — v. a. Affiance, plight, pledge in marriage, engage to marry …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 15 betroth — v engage, affiance, plight, plight one s troth, espouse, bind, give one s hand, bestow one s hand upon, publish the banns, Archaic. handfast, Obs. affy; contract, covenant, settle, establish, make or strike a bargain, come to terms; agree, enter… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 16 betroth — be·troth …

    English syllables

  • 17 betroth — be•troth [[t]bɪˈtroʊð, ˈtrɔθ[/t]] v. t. 1) to arrange for the marriage of 2) archaic to promise to marry • Etymology: 1275–1325; ME betrouthe=be be +trouthe troth …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 betroth — /bəˈtroʊð / (say buh trohdh), / ˈtroʊθ/ (say trohth), /bi / (say bee ) verb (t) Archaic 1. (of a man) to promise to marry (a woman). 2. to arrange for the marriage of; affiance. {Middle English betrouthen, variant of betreuthien, from be +… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 betroth —   Ho opalau …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 20 betroth — see TRUE …

    Word origins