Definition of betroth in English:

betroth

Pronunciation /bəˈtrôTH//bəˈtrōT͟H/

verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually be betrothed
dated
  • Enter into a formal agreement to marry.

    ‘soon I shall be betrothed to Isabel’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It seems hopeless, until Marc meets Lily, the oppressed, bitter girl, betrothed to Marc's prep school enemy.’
    • ‘In the story about love, devotion and betrayal that spans lifetimes, Aida becomes the handmaiden to Princess Amneris, who is betrothed to Radames.’
    • ‘I know you're the Imperial Princess, betrothed to a Prince you've never met.’
    • ‘She remembered it as the place, on that fateful day, that she got betrothed to Gracchi.’
    • ‘Do you realize that you are the only Prydian heir not to be married or betrothed by his twentieth year?’
    • ‘Middle-aged Miss Witherfield, betrothed to this man, was well acquainted with his jealous temperament.’
    • ‘Before my tutor Catherine had came along I had wanted nothing more than to be betrothed and married.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hunt had always come across as such an earnest fellow, betrothed to his majesty's fleet.’
    • ‘Unlike all of the other young women, Anne had never been courted nor betrothed to anyone.’
    • ‘She learned that he was an only child, he had never been married or betrothed, and writing was his passion.’
    • ‘Jame, until now seemingly betrothed to his work, is unexpectedly hurt and later heartbroken at losing Vin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘She says she will automatically become betrothed to the bachelor whose combat skills prove to be superior to hers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He fell in love with a beautiful Bulgarian woman betrothed to a Turk.’
    • ‘In a party scene, she toasts a young woman, newly betrothed to a naval officer.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

betroth

/bəˈtrôTH//bəˈtrōT͟H/