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Betroth  v. t.  (past & past part. betrothed; pres. part. betrothing)  
To contract to any one for a marriage; to engage or promise in order to marriage; to affiance; used esp. of a woman. "He, in the first flower of my freshest age, Betrothed me unto the only heir." "Ay, and we are betrothed."
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?"
To nominate to a bishopric, in order to consecration.

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"Betroth" Quotes from Famous Books

... wishing to destroy its effect, "Look here, padre," said he, "while we are on this subject, are there not any more couples to betroth on the raft?" ...
— Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon • Jules Verne

... young man, too; one who drinks, and gambles, and is a rebel; one of whom all the world speaks ill; a penniless spendthrift, to whom no decent girl would betroth herself. But, perhaps, you are to ...
— Linda Tressel • Anthony Trollope

... signification, such as, according to their view, the text requires, undertook to change the reading, as e.g. Cappellus, who would read [Hebrew: gelti], and Grotius, who would read [Hebrew: bhlti].[3] The signification "to betroth onesself," "to [Pg 435] take in marriage," which in that passage we vindicated for [Hebrew: bel] with [Hebrew: b], is, here too, quite applicable; comp. Jer. ii. 1. This signification the Chaldee Paraphrast too seems to have had in view; for he translates [Hebrew: atreiti] ...
— Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2 • Ernst Hengstenberg

... not speak to me of marriage, senor. It is to my father thou must speak. Would I, a Californian maiden, betroth myself ...
— The Doomswoman - An Historical Romance of Old California • Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

... contract: but it appeared from other evidence, that written promises of marriage had actually been exchanged between the duke and Mary, and committed to the safe keeping of the French ambassador. It was also found to be a part of the scheme to betroth the infant king of Scots to a daughter of ...
— Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth • Lucy Aikin

... betroth her to you now, for many girls are betrothed at a far younger age, but I would rather leave it as it is. You are young yet, and she in most matters is but a child, and it would be better in every way did she start on this adventure with you regarding ...
— The Lion of the North • G.A. Henty

... 'Let Hallgerda betroth herself,' said Hrut, when they had told her what terms had been arranged, and that Glum should bring goods or money to an equal value to Hallgerda's, and that they two ...
— The Red Romance Book • Various

... compass his intents, though ne'er so ill?— You must suppose King Richard now is dead, And John, resistless, is fair England's lord Who, striving to forget Matilda's love, Takes to his wife the beauteous Isabel, Betroth'd to Hugh le Brun, Earl of North-March:[292] And picking quarrels under show of kin, Wholly divorces his first queen away. But yet Matilda still-still troubles him, And being in the court, so oft he courts her, That by ...
— A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Vol. VIII (4th edition) • Various

... (he sometimes asked his wife when he was drunk: "Who was the father of that black-visaged little devil of thine?—I was not!")—Clara's father, in the endeavour to get her off his hands as promptly as possible, undertook to betroth her to a wealthy young merchant, a very stupid fellow,—one of the "cultured" sort. Two weeks before the wedding (she was only sixteen years of age), she walked up to her betrothed, folded her arms, and drumming with her ...
— A Reckless Character - And Other Stories • Ivan Turgenev

... said—"Methinks it were best that Hauskuld and I should name witnesses, and that Hallgerda should betroth herself, if the Lawman thinks ...
— The story of Burnt Njal - From the Icelandic of the Njals Saga • Anonymous

... man than he was himself. The same custom has been handed down even to the present time among some oriental nations. In many cases the parties are not allowed to see each other until after the wedding ceremony is completed. The Hungarians often betroth their children while they are yet in their cradles, as did the Mexicans and Brazilians of the last century. In some countries it has even been customary to betroth girls conditionally before they were born. The primitive Moravians seem ...
— Plain Facts for Old and Young • John Harvey Kellogg

Words linked to "Betroth" :   vow, betrothal

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