Definition of betroth in English:

betroth

verb

[with object]dated
  • Formally engage (someone) to be married.

    ‘in no time I shall be betrothed to Isabel’
    • ‘I was betrothed to Deshan and sent to Pegasus shortly after my ascent to womanhood.’
    • ‘Angel gave a nervous laugh, ‘I'm almost betrothed to Rilith and I'm sure it was just a one time thing.’’
    • ‘Middle-aged Miss Witherfield, betrothed to this man, was well acquainted with his jealous temperament.’
    • ‘I was betrothed to their eldest daughter named Emma.’
    • ‘In 1428 James I's daughter was betrothed to the dauphin, and Scots in the French army helped enable the success of Jeanne, and the subsequent expulsion of the English, completed in 1453.’
    • ‘Consequently, he sentences her to a gruesome death - despite the fact that she is betrothed to Creon's son, her cousin.’
    • ‘He fell in love with a beautiful Bulgarian woman betrothed to a Turk.’
    • ‘The circumstances of his early life are obscure, but we know that in 1277 he was formally betrothed to his future wife, Gemma Donati, and that in 1289 he took part in military operations against Arezzo and Pisa.’
    • ‘She remembered it as the place, on that fateful day, that she got betrothed to Gracchi.’
    • ‘She learned that he was an only child, he had never been married or betrothed, and writing was his passion.’
    • ‘He was betrothed to Claire and he was carrying on with some… some hussy of a woman.’
    • ‘So you were betrothed to me since you were born.’
    • ‘The Earl is no doubt offended for by law, I am betrothed to his daughter.’
    • ‘Do you realize that you are the only Prydian heir not to be married or betrothed by his twentieth year?’
    • ‘Unlike all of the other young women, Anne had never been courted nor betrothed to anyone.’
    • ‘I know you're the Imperial Princess, betrothed to a Prince you've never met.’
    • ‘We are ‘just good friends’ for she is betrothed to another.’
    • ‘Even his name sounds immaculate and fashionable, as if the love of artful sound had been sewn into his soul in the womb, betrothed to him like a keepsake.’
    • ‘Jame, until now seemingly betrothed to his work, is unexpectedly hurt and later heartbroken at losing Vin.’
    • ‘Part of Cate wanted anyone but Genevieve to become betrothed to the Prince - she would hate to see anyone stuck with a vain, selfish person for the rest of their life.’
    • ‘Ranma and Akane are still betrothed but not married, they're both still about high school graduation age, and many of the adventures and romantic entanglements are the same.’
    • ‘In the story about love, devotion and betrayal that spans lifetimes, Aida becomes the handmaiden to Princess Amneris, who is betrothed to Radames.’
    • ‘She says she will automatically become betrothed to the bachelor whose combat skills prove to be superior to hers.’
    • ‘In a party scene, she toasts a young woman, newly betrothed to a naval officer.’
    • ‘You still don't understand who it is I am betrothed to.’
    • ‘In fact, if I hadn't been in love and practically betrothed to Joshua, I could have considered marrying the prince, as scary as that sounds.’
    • ‘Jak did not notice, or at least he did not say anything, ‘The princess is betrothed to some prince from some country, they're scheduled to be married a year from today, on her sixteenth birthday,’ he paused.’
    • ‘Before my tutor Catherine had came along I had wanted nothing more than to be betrothed and married.’
    • ‘They seemed like a normal, homey pair until it was revealed that the 21-year-old actress was actually betrothed to this man 17 years her elder!’
    • ‘In December 1813 she was betrothed to William, prince of Orange, but broke off the engagement, not wishing to move to Holland.’
    • ‘In 28 she was betrothed to Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, to whom she bore one son, the later emperor Nero, in 37.’
    • ‘Or ‘Thumbelisa’ (better known as ‘Thumbelina’), in which a tiny girl is betrothed to a velvety mole.’
    • ‘I think I was betrothed to Cotton Eye Joe, a frail man who smelled of cheese, who would unexpectedly leap up out of his stool now and again as if someone had set fire to it.’
    • ‘And I'm betrothed to a man I hardly know and I'll have to go away and live with him in a land full of strangers.’
    • ‘Hunt had always come across as such an earnest fellow, betrothed to his majesty's fleet.’
    • ‘It seems hopeless, until Marc meets Lily, the oppressed, bitter girl, betrothed to Marc's prep school enemy.’
    • ‘But you'll have to wait till I'm betrothed to start roaming around on our trip around Angkora!’
    • ‘At the age of two he was betrothed to the three-year-old Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain.’
    • ‘Eventually she is betrothed to Polixenes' son.’
    • ‘Initially betrothed to Henry VIII's son Edward, the Scots' rejection of the match led to war with England and Mary's removal in 1548 to France and an eventual marriage to the Dauphin Francis.’
    engaged, engaged to be married, promised, pledged, contracted, bound
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Origin

Middle English betreuthe: from be- (expressing transitivity) + truth. The change in the second syllable was due to association with troth.

Pronunciation

betroth

/bɪˈtrəʊð//bɪˈtrəʊθ/