- Obs. to promise to marry
- to promise in marriage: to betroth a daughter
Origin of betrothMiddle English bitrouthen from be-, be- + treuthe, truth
transitive verbbe·trothed, be·troth·ing, be·troths
Origin of betrothMiddle English bitrouthen bi- be- trouth troth ( from Old English trēowth ; see deru- in Indo-European roots.)
(third-person singular simple present betroths, present participle betrothing, simple past and past participle betrothed)
- To promise to give in marriage.
Middle English bitreuthien, from treuthe (“truth”). See also troth.