from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective same as made-to-order; -- of clothing.
  • adjective bound by an agreement to become married to someone.

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  • verb Past participle of bespeak
  • adjective betrothed or engaged to be married

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective pledged to be married
  • adjective (of clothing) custom-made


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  • You see, there were no unmarried women, and some of the older daughters of the Santa Rosans were already bespoken.

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  • “Beware!” he thundered again, “My name is not bespoken.”

    Tragedy in Tibet « Official Harry Harrison News Blog

  • “Beware!” he thundered again, “My name is not bespoken.”

    2008 December « Official Harry Harrison News Blog

  • If so, in light of subsequent events his name should bespoken only in hell.

    This didn't have to happen

  • 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.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • 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.

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood

  • 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 Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices

  • 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.

    The History of Pendennis

  • I have bespoken, Sir, the civilities of your sisters, of your family: you forbid them not?

    Sir Charles Grandison


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