American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. A past participle of bespeak.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. same as made-to-order; -- of clothing.
- adj. bound by an agreement to become married to someone.
- adj. pledged to be married
- adj. (of clothing) custom-made
“You see, there were no unmarried women, and some of the older daughters of the Santa Rosans were already bespoken.”
““Beware!” he thundered again, “My name is not bespoken.””
“If so, in light of subsequent events his name should bespoken only in hell.”
“Clermont, for whom she seemed bespoken by her uncle, without the smallest knowledge how they might approve or suit each other.”
“She resumed, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that when the jeweller quitted his wife, he repented having bespoken her thus and, returning to his shop, he sat there in disquiet sore and anxiety galore, between belief and unbelief.”
“In the race-week at Doncaster, it is no uncommon thing for visitors who have not bespoken apartments, to pass the night in their carriages at the inn doors.”
“The handmaidens of the establishment, in their best caps, then handed the trays, and the young ladies sipped and crumbled, and the bespoken coaches began to choke the street.”
“Nor did the Doctor, of course, propose to stay for the after-piece, so they rose and left the theatre; the Doctor returning to Mrs. Portman, who was on a visit at the Deanery, and the Major walking home full of thought towards the George, where he had bespoken a bed.”
“I have bespoken, Sir, the civilities of your sisters, of your family: you forbid them not?”
“And here I left the remains of my beloved cousin; having bespoken my own place by the side of her coffin.”
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