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affiance

Line breaks: af|fi¦ance
Pronunciation: /əˈfʌɪəns
 
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Definition of affiance in English:

verb

(be affianced) literary
Be engaged to marry: Edward was affianced to Lady Eleanor Butler (as adjective affianced) an affianced couple
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.

Origin

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

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