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affiance Syllabification: af·fi·ance
Pronunciation: /əˈfīəns/

Definition of affiance in English:


(be affianced) literary
Be engaged to marry: Ann Elliott was affianced to Col. Lewis Morris
More example sentences
  • But she has affianced her daughter to a promising young man in a prosperous Korean family.
  • She and Gabriel are affianced, she added as an after thought.
  • The Council ordered me to be affianced to you.


Late 15th century: from Old French afiancer, from afier 'promise, entrust', from medieval Latin affidare 'declare on oath', from ad- 'toward' + fides 'trust'.

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