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Syllabification: fi·an·cé
Pronunciation: /ˌfēˌänˈsā
, fēˈänsā

Definition of fiancé in English:


A man who is engaged to be married: my fiancé and I were childhood sweethearts
More example sentences
  • According to one Kurdish group that searches for missing people, some women consider themselves still engaged to fiancés who vanished decades ago, while many married women cannot accept they have become widows.
  • She had no supporting witnesses other than her fiancé, whom she has known for only seven months.
  • Even my fiancé, whom I met in a pub, turns out to resigned from the Young Socialists over Vietnam.


mid 19th century: from French, past participle of fiancer 'betroth', from Old French fiance 'a promise', based on Latin fidere 'to trust'.

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