• (America) IPA: /bəˈtɹoʊð/

betroth (betroths, present participle betrothing; past and past participle betrothed)

  1. To promise to give in marriage.
    He betrothed his daughter to a distant relative.
    • 1885 — Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado
      We loved each other at once, but she was betrothed to her guardian Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor.
  2. To promise to take (as a future spouse); to plight one's troth to.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Deuteronomy 20:7 ↗:
      What man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her?
Translations Translations
  • French: fiancer
  • German: verloben
  • Italian: promessa matrimoniale
  • Russian: обруча́ться

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