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[fee-ahn-sey, fee-ahn-sey] /ˌfi ɑnˈseɪ, fiˈɑn seɪ/
a woman engaged to be married.
Origin of fiancée
1850-55; < French; feminine of fiancé
Can be confused
fiancé, fiancée, faience. Unabridged
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  • The girls in France were always talking of heart affairs, and asking if you were fiancée.

    More about Pixie Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • Give me permission to discuss the matter with your fiancée (or fiancé).

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Older ladies are often thoughtless and say to a young man: "Bring your fiancée to see me!"

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • Whoever heard of a bridegroom paying for his fiancée's farewell?

    A Bride of the Plains Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • "The Falls is full of meaning for lovers," said Joey Beall's fiancée, sentimentally.

    In a Mysterious Way Anne Warner
British Dictionary definitions for fiancée


a woman who is engaged to be married
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Word Origin and History for fiancée



"woman to whom one is betrothed," 1853, from French fianceé, fem. of fiancé, past participle of fiancer "to betroth," from fiance "a promise, trust," from fier "to trust," from Vulgar Latin *fidare (see affiance). Has all but expelled native betrothed. The verb fiance, now obsolete, was used c.1450-1600 for "to engage to be married."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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