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affianced

[uh-fahy-uh nst] /əˈfaɪ ənst/
adjective
1.
betrothed; engaged.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; affiance + -ed2

affiance

[uh-fahy-uh ns] /əˈfaɪ əns/
verb (used with object), affianced, affiancing.
1.
to pledge by promise of marriage; betroth.
noun, Archaic.
2.
a pledging of faith, as a marriage contract.
3.
trust; confidence; reliance.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French afiance, equivalent to afi(er) to pledge faith, declare on oath, betroth (< Medieval Latin affīdāre, equivalent to ad- ad- + *fīdāre, for Latin fīdere to trust; see confide) + -ance -ance
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Examples for affianced
  • He told it to her as if they had been already affianced, and their interests were one.
  • Meanwhile he knew-or rather he supposed-that the affianced pair were daily renewing their mutual vows.
British Dictionary definitions for affianced

affiance

/əˈfaɪəns/
verb
1.
(transitive) to bind (a person or oneself) in a promise of marriage; betroth
noun
2.
(archaic) a solemn pledge, esp a marriage contract
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin affīdāre to trust (oneself) to, from fīdāre to trust, from fīdus faithful
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Word Origin and History for affianced
affiance
1520s, "to promise," from O.Fr. afiancer, from afier "to trust," from L.L. affidare, from ad- "to" + fidare "to trust," from fidus (see affidavit).
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