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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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  • 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

v.

1520s, "to promise," from Old French afiancier "to pledge, promise, give one's word," from afiance (n.) "confidence, trust," from afier "to trust," from Late Latin affidare, from ad- "to" (see ad-) + fidare "to trust," from fidus (see affidavit). From mid-16c. especially "to promise in marriage." Related: Affianced; affiancing.

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