One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be engaged to marry.‘Ann Elliott was affianced to Col. Lewis Morris’
busy, unavailable, occupiedengaged, betrothed, espoused, promised, plighted, pledged, contracted, boundView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Ferdinand wished to wed Anna, who was affianced to Edmond.’
- ‘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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