from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To bind in a pledge of marriage; betroth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To be betrothed to; to promise to marry.
- n. Faith, trust.
- n. A solemn engagement, especially a pledge of marriage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Plighted faith; marriage contract or promise.
- n. Trust; reliance; faith; confidence.
- transitive v. To betroth; to pledge one's faith to for marriage, or solemnly promise (one's self or another) in marriage.
- transitive v. To assure by promise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Trust; confidence; reliance.
- n. The pledging of faith, as in contracting marriage; a solemn engagement; a marriage contract.
- n. Affinity; intimate relation; connection.
- To betroth; bind by promise of marriage: as, to affiance a daughter; to affiance one's self.
- To assure by pledge or promise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give to in marriage
From Middle English affiaunce, assurance, from Old French, from affier, to trust to, from Medieval Latin affīdāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin fīdus, faithful; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French afiance < afier (< Medieval Latin affīdāre < *fīdāre < Latin fīdere) + -ance. (Wiktionary)