Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A man to whom a woman is engaged to be married.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A man who is engaged to be married.
  • n. A person engaged to be married.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A betrothed man.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An affianced or betrothed person, male (fiancé) or female (fiancée).

Etymologies

French, from past participle of fiancer, to betroth, from Old French fiancier, from fiance, trust, from fier, to trust, from Vulgar Latin *fīdāre, from Latin fīdere; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French fiancé. (Wiktionary)

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  • *pats ptero on the head with gentle paw*

    April 24, 2008

  • Welcome, new one. Come in and rest your accent marks. ;-)

    April 24, 2008

  • Holy cow -- I'm not the only person on Earth who appreciates the the fiancé/finacée distinction!

    Ah, my people, how happy I am to have found you. :-)

    April 24, 2008

  • Just checking to make sure I'm still sane. :-)

    April 24, 2008

  • yes, I meant "see also" as in "here's a related word."

    April 23, 2008

  • Absolutely. Same with divorcé and divorcée (and blond and blonde!)

    April 23, 2008

  • Wait--isn't one "e" for a man who's engaged and two for a woman who's engaged?

    April 23, 2008

  • see also fiance.

    April 23, 2008

  • see also fiancée

    April 23, 2008