from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To promise to give in marriage: was betrothed to a member of the royal family.
- transitive v. Archaic To promise to marry.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To promise to give in marriage.
- v. To promise to take (as a future spouse); to plight one's troth to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To contract to any one for a marriage; to engage or promise in order to marriage; to affiance; -- used esp. of a woman.
- transitive v. To promise to take (as a future spouse); to plight one's troth to.
- transitive v. To nominate to a bishopric, in order to consecration.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To contract to give in marriage to another; promise or pledge one's troth for the marriage of; affiance.
- To engage to take in marriage; pledge one's troth to marry.
- To nominate to a bishopric in order to consecration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give to in marriage
They call betroth her to another man upon the morn.
And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the lord.
“Much as he loves Your Majesty, the king cannot agree to betroth his beloved son to a—a bride whose legitimacy is not accepted by His Holiness Pope Paul, by the Holy Church itself, nor even by the emperor.”
To begin with, this religious teacher surrounded by his students admits that when he sees women who are not totally veiled, quote, "I just want to cut them into bits or betroth them to someone."
(Soundbite of laughter) Mr. APPIAH: He says I'm either going to cut them up or I'm going to betroth them.
Although at the time there was also a tendency to marry sons off at an early age, a father might not betroth his minor son, and the betrothal of a son below thirteen years of age was not valid.
He explained this by telling David that one may not betroth a woman by way of fulfilling a debt.
Therefore Maimonides, who cannot completely nullify the Talmudic statement, advises the couple to betroth themselves privately in front of two witnesses.
Every sister of mine is married to a lord, except for Katherine, where I go one better and betroth her to a duke.
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