from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Engaged to be married.
- noun A person to whom one is engaged to be married.
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- verb Simple past tense and past participle of
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- adjective pledged to be married
- noun the person to whom you are engaged
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And these are actually all factors that are - the good news for Will, you can tell this to your soon-to-be betrothed, is these are all factors that predict you're much less likely to get divorced as well.
Again, the word betrothed points legitimately to a marriage which is always justly expected to follow if both parties are faithful to the engagement.
Her first betrothed is still in blood with her family, and both are in blood with her husband's family.
"You could leave her whom you called your betrothed, but who never was betrothed to anyone but me with her own will, to starve in the veld, mynheer.
Seyganko did not have it in him to call his betrothed's father a liar, as Dobanpu did not have it in him to lie.
In a moment, he guessed that the tall, handsome man beside his betrothed was his rival.
No kingdom awaited her, for her betrothed was a landless exile; but the fame of his valor and wisdom had gone throughout the earth -- and in the future husband of his daughter he now presented to them one whom he was proud to claim as a son -- Arthur, Prince of Britain, the renowned Champion of Christendom!
In the kisses and the hand-touch of the betrothed are a zest and exhilaration which stir the blood like wine.
"They won't hang you," she rejoined with a laugh; "my betrothed is a lieutenant-general."
Anxious to get all the advantages of Consuelo's friendship, and to be known as her betrothed, so that he could procure an engagement in the opera through her generous influence, he yet made love to another singer, a former favourite of