One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be engaged to marry.‘Edward was affianced to Lady Eleanor Butler’
busy, unavailable, occupiedengaged, betrothed, espoused, promised, plighted, pledged, contracted, boundView synonyms
- ‘The Council ordered me to be affianced to you.’
- ‘But she has affianced her daughter to a promising young man in a prosperous Korean family.’
- ‘Yet, it astounded those women that her father had wealth, power, and she had beauty, and she wasn't even affianced.’
- ‘Ferdinand wished to wed Anna, who was affianced to Edmond.’
- ‘She and Gabriel are affianced, she added as an after thought.’
Late 15th century: from Old French afiancer, from afier ‘promise, entrust’, from medieval Latin affidare ‘declare on oath’, from ad- ‘towards’ + fides ‘trust’.
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