fiance

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See also: fiancé and fiancée

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French fiancé. The verb is from fiancer.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

fiance (plural fiances)

  1. Alternative spelling of fiancé

Verb[edit]

fiance (third-person singular simple present fiances, present participle fiancing, simple past and past participle fianced)

  1. (obsolete) To betroth; to affiance.
    • 1569, Thomas Stocker, A righte noble and pleasant history of the successors of Alexander surnamed the Great:
      he [] therfore fianced he his daughter
    • 1993 Cindy Holbrook, A Daring Deception, page 91
      he should become so lusty over a lady of such questionable motives? He was fianced, after all. Perhaps that was it. Since his engagement, he had abstained from any liaisons, feeling it was only proper in a man soon to be married

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French fiance, from Old French fiance, from fier +‎ -ance.

Noun[edit]

fiance f (plural fiances)

  1. (obsolete) faith; confidence

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb[edit]

fiance

  1. first-person singular present indicative of fiancer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of fiancer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of fiancer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of fiancer
  5. second-person singular imperative of fiancer

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French < fier +‎ -ance or Latin fidentia.

Noun[edit]

fiance f (plural fiances)

  1. faith; confidence

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Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • fïance (occasional scholarly form)

Etymology[edit]

From the verb fier +‎ -ance or from Latin fidentia.

Noun[edit]

fiance f (oblique plural fiances, nominative singular fiance, nominative plural fiances)

  1. faith; confidence
    • circa 1150, Turoldus, La Chanson de Roland:
      En tels vassals deit hom aveir fiance !
      In such knights a man must have confidence!

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