Definition of betrothed in US English:



one's betrothed
  • The person to whom one is engaged.

    ‘how long have you known your betrothed?’
    • ‘No, she has moved to the dining table, to sit beside her beloved betrothed.’
    • ‘There is, finally, a particular resonance about that unclassifiable species of Wodehouse heroine who wears a monocle and sees courtship primarily as a series of knightly tests to be accomplished by her betrothed.’
    • ‘I told her plainly that if her and her betrothed were too lazy to get me the details (I've asked them 3 times) then the rooms weren't to be guaranteed.’
    • ‘Isn't that the legend where Rama together with his friend Hannuman takes an army of monkeys across the bridge to fight a demon who's stolen Rama's betrothed?’
    • ‘‘Come down and see your betrothed off,’ she ordered.’
    • ‘He was provided with a brother, a servant, with good and evil counselors, with a betrothed, and the betrothed in turn with a father and a maidservant.’
    • ‘Meanwhile Pam's betrothed, Joe, is also having his own doubts about the day, with matters further complicated by the bridesmaid's heavy-handed attempts to convince Pam that no woman could be blamed for leaving her father.’
    • ‘Alannis is fast asleep in the nursery but when she has awakened The King and his betrothed have requested to see her.’
    • ‘Alexia turned around and gasped, it was her betrothed, whom she had forgotten about completely.’
    • ‘Now I'm not a whole man, will my betrothed still want to tie the knot and join the grumpy clan?’
    • ‘Wodehouse requires him to smuggle pearls across the Atlantic in a Mickey Mouse doll for his betrothed - the only true test of love, as anybody who smuggled pearls in Mickey Mice will know.’
    • ‘He is positively glowing with self-righteous zeal beside his equally sober betrothed.’
    • ‘Father, this is my lovely and irreplaceable betrothed, Josephine.’
    • ‘Especially mind yourself with the King's betrothed!’
    • ‘He stood there unmovable as he watched his friend dance with his angel and his supposed betrothed.’
    • ‘He turned to the York Cook Book of 1897 for a courting cake, traditionally made by young girls for their betrothed.’
    • ‘Bassianus, who is already engaged to Lavinia, reclaims his betrothed with the help of Titus' sons.’
    • ‘Helping him to do so, meanwhile, is Proteus' feisty betrothed, Marina, who gives as good as she gets in helping to ensure Sinbad doesn't stray from his path, while winning over the respect of his crew.’
    • ‘But you were the one who said I was your betrothed in the first place!’
    • ‘Even less is known of Anne than is of Richard, but we do know that she was born in 1620 and was about the same height as her betrothed - approximately three feet, ten inches tall.’
    busy, unavailable, occupied
    engaged, engaged to be married, promised, pledged, contracted, bound
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