- (transitive) to bind (a person or oneself) in a promise of marriage; betroth
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- to pledge by promise of marriage;
- a pledging of faith, as a marriage contract.
- 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