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Meaning of AFFIANCE

Pronunciation:  u'fIuns

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  give to, in marriage

AFFIANCE is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: betroth, engage, plight
 See Also: vow



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Af*fi"ance\, n. [OE. afiaunce trust, confidence, OF.
    afiance, fr. afier to trust, fr. LL. affidare to trust; ad +
    fidare to trust, fr. L. fides faith. See {Faith}, and cf.
    {Affidavit}, {Affy}, {Confidence}.]
    1. Plighted faith; marriage contract or promise.
    2. Trust; reliance; faith; confidence.
             Such feelings promptly yielded to his habitual
             affiance in the divine love.          --Sir J.
             Lancelot, my Lancelot, thou in whom I have Most joy
             and most affiance.                    --Tennyson.
  2. \Af*fi"ance\, v. t. [imp. ? p. p. {Affianced}; p. pr. ?
    vb. n. {Affiancing}.] [Cf. OF. afiancier, fr. afiance.]
    1. To betroth; to pledge one's faith to for marriage, or
       solemnly promise (one's self or another) in marriage.
             To me, sad maid, he was affianced.    --Spenser.
    2. To assure by promise. [Obs.] --Pope.