betroth[bē trōt̸h′, -trôt̸h′; bi-]
- Obsolete to promise to marry
- to promise in marriage: to betroth a daughter
Origin: ME bitrouthen < be-, be- + treuthe < OE treowth, truth
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transitive verb be·trothed, be·troth·ing, be·troths
- To promise to give in marriage: was betrothed to a member of the royal family.
- Archaic To promise to marry.
Origin: Middle English bitrouthen : bi-, be- + trouth, troth (from Old English trēowth; see deru- in Indo-European roots).