Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To promise to give in marriage.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

  • transitive verb To contract to any one for a marriage; to engage or promise in order to marriage; to affiance; -- used esp. of a woman.
  • transitive verb To promise to take (as a future spouse); to plight one's troth to.
  • transitive verb To nominate to a bishopric, in order to consecration.

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  • verb To promise to give in marriage.
  • verb To promise to take (as a future spouse); to plight one's troth to.

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

  • verb give to in marriage

Etymologies

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

[Middle English bitrouthen : bi-, be- + trouth, troth (from Old English trēowth; see deru- in Indo-European roots).]

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Middle English bitreuthien, from treuthe, "truth". See also troth

Examples

  • They call betroth her to another man upon the morn.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • They call betroth her to another man upon the morn.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • (Soundbite of laughter) Mr. APPIAH: He says I'm either going to cut them up or I'm going to betroth them.

    Author Finds 'Honor Code' Isn't What It Used To Be

  • I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the lord.

    FROM THE CROSS TO PENTECOST

  • (Soundbite of laughter) Mr. APPIAH: He says I'm either going to cut them up or I'm going to betroth them.

    Author Finds 'Honor Code' Isn't What It Used To Be

  • 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."

    Author Finds 'Honor Code' Isn't What It Used To Be

  • 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.

    FROM THE CROSS TO PENTECOST

  • “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.”

    The Tudors: King Takes Queen

  • “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.”

    The Tudors: King Takes Queen

  • “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.”

    The Tudors: King Takes Queen

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