to pledge by promise of marriage; betroth.
a pledging of faith, as a marriage contract.
trust; confidence; reliance.
Will it please you to remember that M. d’Ombreval is my affianced husband?
The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
Let me explain, then, that we have been affianced from our childhood.
Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
“The right of your affianced bride,” my other half explained, with a grim smile to myself.
Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
And Julia did speak, and became the affianced wife of Mr. Hedge.
City Crimes Greenhorn
“Yes, she has stood the ordeal very well so far,” remarked Dr. Harold, giving his affianced a very lover-like glance and smile.
Elsie and Her Namesakes Martha Finley
Anak was in the crowd with her father, the old chief, and her affianced, Noa.
Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
Juliet and I had been affianced beside my father’s deathbed—Torella was to be a second parent to me.
The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851 Various
We were both happy, and my sister was affianced to a man she adored.
An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
How he would despise her and forbid his affianced wife to be outraged by her presence if he knew!
A Crooked Path Mrs. Alexander
She did not seem at all like a girl in love and parted from her affianced husband.
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
(transitive) to bind (a person or oneself) in a promise of marriage; betroth
(archaic) a solemn pledge, esp a marriage contract
1520s, “to promise,” from Old French afiancier “to pledge, promise, give one’s word,” from afiance (n.) “confidence, trust,” from afier “to trust,” from Late Latin affidare, from ad- “to” (see ad-) + fidare “to trust,” from fidus (see affidavit). From mid-16c. especially “to promise in marriage.” Related: Affianced; affiancing.
a person who makes an affidavit. Historical Examples The signature should correspond exactly with the name of the affiant stated at the beginning. Copyright: Its History and Its Law Richard Rogers Bowker Where a corporation or firm is the claimant, the affiant should swear as agent. Copyright: Its History and Its Law Richard Rogers Bowker […]
a notice posted in a public place; poster. Historical Examples It may be noted in passing that, like Edgar of that name, Mr. W. Wilson has also attempted an affiche. Picture Posters Charles Hiatt And for a young girl to be affiche with Almington her first season is nothing short of tarnishing, Felicia went on, […]
a written declaration upon oath made before an authorized official. Contemporary Examples “Adding and subtracting material until Wallin was satisfied that the small baggie contained 3.5 grams,” the affidavit reports. Monsignor Meth Kevin Wallin: The Kinky Priest Who Sold Meth Michael Daly January 21, 2013 The FBI raided his home in 2000 with an affidavit […]