WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
af•fi•ance  (ə fīəns),USA pronunciation v.,  -anced, -anc•ing, n. 
  1. to pledge by promise of marriage;

n. [Archaic.]
  1. a pledging of faith, as a marriage contract.
  2. trust;
  • Medieval Latin affīdāre, equivalent. to ad- ad- + *fīdāre, for Latin fīdere to trust; see confide) + -ance -ance
  • Middle French afiance, equivalent. to afi(er) to pledge faith, declare on oath, betroth (
  • Middle English 1300–50

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affiance /əˈfaɪəns/ vb
  1. (transitive) to bind (a person or oneself) in a promise of marriage; betroth
Etymology: 14th Century: via Old French from Medieval Latin affīdāre to trust (oneself) to, from fīdāre to trust, from fīdus faithful

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