betroth[bē trōt̸h′, -trôt̸h′; bi-]
- Obsolete to promise to marry
- to promise in marriage: to betroth a daughter
Origin of betrothMiddle English bitrouthen ; from be-, be- + treuthe ; from Old English treowth, truth
transitive verbbe·trothed, be·troth·ing, be·troths
To promise to give in marriage: was betrothed to a member of the royal family.
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.
- 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? — Deuteronomy.