Definition of betroth in English:

betroth

Syllabification: be·troth
Pronunciation: /bəˈtrōT͟H, -ˈtrôTH
 
/

verb

[with object] (usually be betrothed) dated
Enter into a formal agreement to marry: soon I shall be betrothed to Isabel
More example sentences
  • In fact, if I hadn't been in love and practically betrothed to Joshua, I could have considered marrying the prince, as scary as that sounds.
  • Jame, until now seemingly betrothed to his work, is unexpectedly hurt and later heartbroken at losing Vin.
  • Part of Cate wanted anyone but Genevieve to become betrothed to the Prince - she would hate to see anyone stuck with a vain, selfish person for the rest of their life.

Origin

Middle English betreuthe: from be- (expressing transitivity) + truth. The change in the second syllable was due to association with troth.

Derivatives

betrothal

noun
More example sentences
  • Hey, I've arranged a lot of betrothals, you can't expect me to remember each one!
  • Food is important at ceremonial occasions such as naming ceremonies, betrothals, marriages, and deaths.
  • She had seemed so girlish, chattering on about clothes and gossiping about the recent betrothals.
Synonyms
engagement, marriage contract
archaic espousal

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