Definitions for betroth
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betroth, engage, affiance, plightverb
give to in marriage
To promise to give in marriage.
He betrothed his daughter to a distant relative.
To promise to take (as a future spouse); to plight one's troth to.
What man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? uE000151205uE001 Deuteronomy.
Etymology: bitreuthien, from treuthe, "truth". See also troth
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from troth; betrowen, Dutch.
He, in the first flower of my freshest age,
Betrothed me unto the only heir
Of a most mighty king, most rich and sage. Fairy Q. b. i.
To her, my lord,
Was I betrothed, ere I Hermia saw. William Shakespeare, Midsum. N. Dr.
By soul’s publick promise she
Was sold then, and betroth’d to Victory. Abraham Cowley, Davideis.
And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? let him go and return unto his house. Deut. xx. 7.
If any person be consecrated a bishop to that church, whereunto he was not before betrothed, he shall not receive the habit of consecration, as not being canonically promoted. John Ayliffe.
An engagement or betrothal is the period of time between the declaration of acceptance of a marriage proposal and the marriage itself (which is typically but not always commenced with a wedding). During this period, a couple is said to be fiancés (from the French), betrothed, intended, affianced, engaged to be married, or simply engaged. Future brides and grooms may be called fiancée (feminine) or fiancé (masculine), the betrothed, a wife-to-be or husband-to-be, respectively. The duration of the courtship varies vastly, and is largely dependent on cultural norms or upon the agreement of the parties involved. Long engagements were once common in formal arranged marriages, and it was not uncommon for parents betrothing children to arrange marriages many years before the engaged couple were old enough. This is still done in some countries. Many traditional Christian denominations have optional rites for Christian betrothal (also known as 'blessing an engaged couple' or 'declaration of intention') that bless and ratify the intent of a couple to marry before God and the Church.
Betroth refers to the formal agreement or act of promising to marry someone in the future. It is the state of being engaged or committed to marrying someone.
to contract to any one for a marriage; to engage or promise in order to marriage; to affiance; -- used esp. of a woman
to promise to take (as a future spouse); to plight one's troth to
to nominate to a bishopric, in order to consecration
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
be-troth′, v.t. to contract or promise in order to marriage: to affiance: (obs.) to pledge one's self to any cause.—ns. Betroth′al, Betroth′ment, an agreement or contract with a view to marriage. [Pfx. be-, and Troth or Truth.]
To give to, to hand over (something; abstract and yet substantial) to someone.
He has "betroth" the love of Jesus Christ to me.
Etymology: Of the Christian evangelical belief or doctrine of being inside filled with a value content substance, e.g love, joy and peace. Betroth (give to him) my peace.
The numerical value of betroth in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of betroth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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- μνηστεύομαι, μνηστεύωGreek
- prometer en matrimonioSpanish
- zaręczyć sięPolish
- обруча́ть, помо́лвить, обручи́ться, помо́лвиться, обручи́ть, обруча́тьсяRussian
- zaročiti seSlovene
- förlova, trolovaSwedish
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