affiance

  • 1Affiance — Af*fi ance ([a^]f*f[imac] ans), n. [OE. afiaunce trust, confidence, OF. afiance, fr. afier to trust, fr. LL. affidare to trust; ad + fidare to trust, fr. L. fides faith. See {Faith}, and cf. {Affidavit}, {Affy}, {Confidence}.] 1. Plighted faith;… …

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  • 2affiance — 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 …

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  • 3affiance — index confidence (faith), reliance Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4affiance — (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

  • 5affiance — [ə fī′əns] n. [ME affiaunce < OFr afiance < afier, to trust in < ML affidare < ad , to + fidare, to trust < L fidere: see FIDELITY] 1. Archaic trust or faith 2. a plighting of faith; promise of marriage; betrothal vt. affianced,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6affiance — 1. verb To be betrothed to; to promise to marry. 2. noun A solemn engagement, especially a pledge of marriage. I that Ladie to my spouse had wonne; / Accord of friends, consent of parents soug …

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  • 7affiance — /æfiˈɒns / (say afee ons), /əˈfaɪəns / (say uh fuyuhns) verb (t) (affianced, affiancing) 1. to bind by promise of marriage; betroth: to affiance a daughter. –noun 2. the pledging of faith, especially a marriage contract. 3. trust; confidence;… …

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  • 8affiance — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from affier to pledge, trust, from Medieval Latin affidare to pledge, from Latin ad + Vulgar Latin *fidare to trust more at fiancé Date: 14th century archaic trust, confidence II. transitive… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9affiance — /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&#8230; …

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  • 10affiance — af·fi·ance || É™ faɪəns v. betroth, engage to be married …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 11affiance — [ə fʌɪəns] verb (be affianced) literary be engaged to marry. Origin C15: from OFr. afiancer, from afier promise, entrust , from med. L. affidare declare on oath …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 12affiance — v. a. Betroth, engage, plight …

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  • 13affiance — v betroth, engage, contract to, marry, agree to marry, promise to wed, plight one s troth, espouse …

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  • 14affiance — af·fi·ance …

    English syllables

  • 15affiance — af•fi•ance [[t]əˈfaɪ əns[/t]] v. anced, anc•ing, n. 1) to pledge by promise of marriage; betroth 2) a pledging of faith, as a marriage contract 3) trust; confidence • Etymology: 1300–50; ME &LT; MF afiance=afi(er) to pledge faith, declare on oath …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16affiance — To assure by pledge. An agreement by which a man and woman promise that they will marry each other …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 17affiance — To assure by pledge. An agreement by which a man and woman promise that they will marry each other …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 18affiance — To pledge; to engage to marry …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 19affiance — v.tr. (usu. in passive) literary promise solemnly to give (a person) in marriage. Etymology: ME f. OF afiancer f. med.L affidare (as AD , fidus trusty) …

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  • 20affianced — 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&#8230; …

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