Definition of affiance in English:

affiance

verb

be affianced
literary
  • Be engaged to marry.

    ‘Edward was affianced to Lady Eleanor Butler’
    ‘an affianced couple’
    • ‘She and Gabriel are affianced, she added as an after thought.’
    • ‘Ferdinand wished to wed Anna, who was affianced to Edmond.’
    • ‘But she has affianced her daughter to a promising young man in a prosperous Korean family.’
    • ‘The Council ordered me to be affianced to you.’
    • ‘Yet, it astounded those women that her father had wealth, power, and she had beauty, and she wasn't even affianced.’
    busy, unavailable, occupied
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Origin

Late 15th century: from Old French afiancer, from afier ‘promise, entrust’, from medieval Latin affidare ‘declare on oath’, from ad- ‘towards’ + fides ‘trust’.

Pronunciation

affiance

/əˈfʌɪəns/