affianced

[uh-fahy-uhnst]
adjective
betrothed; engaged.

Origin:
1570–80; affiance + -ed2

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affiance

[uh-fahy-uhns]
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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affiance (əˈfaɪəns)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to bind (a person or oneself) in a promise of marriage; betroth
 
n
2.  archaic a solemn pledge, esp a marriage contract
 
[C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin affīdāre to trust (oneself) to, from fīdāre to trust, from fīdus faithful]

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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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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.
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