Definition of betroth in English:

betroth

Line breaks: be|troth
Pronunciation: /bɪˈtrəʊð
 
, -θ/

verb

[with object] dated
Formally engage (someone) to be married: in no time I shall be betrothed to Isabel
More example sentences
  • The circumstances of his early life are obscure, but we know that in 1277 he was formally betrothed to his future wife, Gemma Donati, and that in 1289 he took part in military operations against Arezzo and Pisa.
  • In 1428 James I's daughter was betrothed to the dauphin, and Scots in the French army helped enable the success of Jeanne, and the subsequent expulsion of the English, completed in 1453.
  • But you'll have to wait till I'm betrothed to start roaming around on our trip around Angkora!

Origin

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

Derivatives

betrothment

noun rare

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