One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be engaged to marry.‘Edward was affianced to Lady Eleanor Butler’‘an affianced couple’
busy, unavailable, occupiedView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Yet, it astounded those women that her father had wealth, power, and she had beauty, and she wasn't even affianced.’
- ‘She and Gabriel are affianced, she added as an after thought.’
- ‘The Council ordered me to be affianced to you.’
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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