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Definition promised to marry; or the person who has promised to marry
  • She was betrothed on the day of her birth.
betrothed = promised to marry
  • Last of all came a little hump-backed, wizened old man in whom she recognized with a shudder the new Grand Vizier and her own betrothed husband, Ahoshta Tarkaan himself.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • betrothed = person she is to marry
  • Nothing about his betrothed pleased him more than her resolute determination to carry to its utmost limit that ritual of ignoring the "unpleasant" in which they had both been brought up.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • betrothed = the person he promised to marry
  • You would have been contracted to a maid; Nor are you therein, by my life, deceived; You are betroth'd both to a maid and man.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • She was betrothed to a good young man, too: a tenant of his.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Beowulf tells Hygelac that her father has betrothed her to Ingeld, prince of the Heathobards, in the hope of settling the feud between the two peoples.
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • But, had it been needed, I could have bound you with a net of words, persuaded you to agree to betrothal only—until the quest was over.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • She had killed his love, and it had never been very robust; they would never have achieved betrothal but for the accident to the Nawab Bahadur's car.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • From Coritus came Acron to the fight, Who left his spouse betroth'd, and unconsummate night.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • She was betrothed to a prince of Turkestan, and was traveling to Kashgar to meet him when her carriers lost their way in the mountains.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • I was in a flutter of pride and anxiety; pride in my dear little betrothed, and anxiety that Agnes should like her.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Beginning with that blessed and holy hour when a kiss betrothed these two souls, Marius was there every evening.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Chapter XXXIV The Betrothal IT was a dry Sunday, and really a pleasant day for the 2d of November.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • He espied his betrothed and grinned, with dignity, sardonically, with big nuggets of gold teeth.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • What indeed happened to her betrothed?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • The accepted and betrothed lover has lost the wildest charm of his maiden in her acceptance of him.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • He was backed up against a corner of the house of his betrothed and swearing like a heathen.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Whatever he had been in the beginning of the betrothal, he was now a lover, eager, importunate.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • Three long years they have played master in your house: three years trying to win your lovely lady, making gifts as though betrothed.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • It was a secret, Holmes explained: Emeline and her betrothed had revealed their wedding plans only to him.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City

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