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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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  • His fiancee wished it (this lady was his fiancee), and her parents had advised them to take some rolls to the prisoners.

    Resurrection Leo Tolstoy
  • John Doane's name was never mentioned in his fiancee's presence.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I listened very quietly, waiting to learn my fiancee's attitude.

    Nat Goodwin's Book Nat C. Goodwin
  • She had intimated that he was a coward in not seeing his fiancee and telling her the truth.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But the more I look at you the more uneasy I feel as to what my fiancee of to-morrow may be like.

  • June was the portion of Bosinney, who was placed between Irene and his fiancee.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • He was there but a little while before he sent for his fiancee, Miss Beck, then the general manager's stenographer.

  • What right had that detestable Talbrun to take notice of any girl but his fiancee?

    Jacqueline, Complete (Mme. Blanc) Th. Bentzon
  • I have informed my fiancee of your design of coming to Yalta in order to cut her out a little.

    Letters of Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov
  • "Onything that'll gie us a rest," said Duffy, soothing his fiancee.

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for fiancee


a woman who is engaged to be married
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fiancee

"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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