affianced


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af·fi·ance

 (ə-fī′əns)
tr.v. af·fi·anced, af·fi·anc·ing, af·fi·anc·es
To bind in a pledge of marriage; betroth.

[From Middle English affiaunce, assurance, from Old French, from affier, to trust to, from Medieval Latin affīdāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin fīdus, faithful; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.]
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affianced

adjective
Pledged to marry:
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The first one who is affianced will have the pearls, Madame has said it, and I have a fancy that the little turquoise ring will be given to you when you go, for Madame approves your good behavior and charming manners.
To drop the figure,--he saw and won the love of a high-minded and beautiful woman, in one of the northern states, and they were affianced.
By the middle of dinner we were pressing each other's feet under the table, and when coffee and cigarettes had come, we were affianced lovers.
The Lady Rowena,'' answered Athelstane, with the most steady countenance, ``is my affianced bride.
I had an affianced husband, a man whom I loved, and who loved me--a heart like yours, Felton, a man like you.
Edmond, at the approach of his patron, respectfully placed the arm of his affianced bride within that of M.
Francois," said she, "you are jealous," and still she laughed; then, as if suddenly recollecting that this coquetry was not consistent with the character for modest dignity she wished to establish, she proceeded, in a demure voice: "Truly, my dear Francois, I will not deny that this young Englishman may have made some attempts to ingratiate himself with me; but, so far from giving him any encouragement, I have always treated him with as much reserve as it was possible to combine with civility; affianced as I am to you, I would give no man false hopes; believe me, dear friend.
The dance over, the two, as became an affianced couple, wandered into the conservatory; and sitting behind a tall screen of tree-ferns and camellias Newland pressed her gloved hand to his lips.
why," continued Athenais, "the poor young man was affianced to you; he loved you; you cast him off.
From that day Prince Andrew began to frequent the Rostovs' as Natasha's affianced lover.
Kulan Tith, Jeddak of Kaol, to whom she was affianced, commanded her respect and admiration.
From that day a close intimacy established itself between the formerly affianced pair, now become accomplices in defeating the good intentions of their elders.