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She was betrothed on the day of her birth.
  promised to marry; or the person who has promised to marry
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  • She was betrothed on the day of her birth.
  • Last of all came a little hump-backed, wizened old man in whom she recognized with a shudder the new Grand Vizier and her own betrothed husband, Ahoshta Tarkaan himself.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • Nothing about his betrothed pleased him more than her resolute determination to carry to its utmost limit that ritual of ignoring the "unpleasant" in which they had both been brought up.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • We would get into two groups, each supposed to be a family, then each family would have to betroth a girl so we could perform a marriage ceremony.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala

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  • "What does concern me," continued Queen Levana, her voice a sweet lullaby that sharpened with her next words, "is that it appears my betrothed has fallen in love with an insignificant shell.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • I want to hand my betrothal over, to give away what they so desperately want, but no. I must look happy.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Uri: part of the betrothal ceremony when the dowry is paid.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • "So that what we presumed to be merely the betrothal feast turns out to be the actual wedding dinner!" said Danglars.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Because she has said that she would send it on the day when the betrothal was publicly proclaimed.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • And here he was sitting by her side as her betrothed, seeing, hearing, feeling her nearness, her breathing, her movements, her beauty.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • She was betrothed to a good young man, too: a tenant of his.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Israel agreed, but asked that the betrothal document be kept a secret for the time being.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • This was a year like any other with its springtime, its betrothals, its weddings and births.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • Beginning with that blessed and holy hour when a kiss betrothed these two souls, Marius was there every evening.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • That would force Sloan to accept our betrothal.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • "On the happy occasion of the announcement of your betrothal," he finished, bending over her hand.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Three long years they have played master in your house: three years trying to win your lovely lady, making gifts as though betrothed.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • His son Haemon, to whom Antigone is betrothed, pleads in vain for her life and threatens to die with her.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Because of love, the child willingly gave up her life to save her betrothed and their tribes from certain death.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • See, then, my Jo—ah, the dear, funny little name—I had a wish to tell something the day I said goodbye in New York, but I thought the handsome friend was betrothed to thee, and so I spoke not.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • When the prince and the princess had gone, Levin went up to his betrothed and took her hand.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • I loved her and she loved me; but she was betrothed to Arthur from the cradle, and Sir Richard would not suffer the contract to be broken.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • If I may, this is my betrothed, Katrina.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • In the first place, it was evident, far too much so indeed, that Pyotr Petrovitch had made eager use of his few days in the capital to get himself up and rig himself out in expectation of his betrothed—a perfectly innocent and permissible proceeding, indeed.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • To proceed: as soon as Luscinda saw me she said, ’Cardenio, I am in my bridal dress, and the treacherous Don Fernando and my covetous father are waiting for me in the hall with the other witnesses, who shall be the witnesses of my death before they witness my betrothal.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Love was made on these occasions in the form of bracelets; and, on all occasions during the period of betrothal, took a manufacturing aspect.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I KEPT Ira as long as I could but when she was past fourteen her marriage could be delayed no longer, for it is well known with what speed eligible young men are snapped up; as it was, most girls of her age were already married or at least betrothed.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Why, you have both of them already, my dear betrothed!
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • He and his father had bought two silver rings, washed with gold, and silver earrings, and these his father had taken to the woman’s owner in acknowledgment of betrothal.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • But Tess’s desire seemed to be for a perpetual betrothal in which everything should remain as it was then.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The comparisons of betrothed, husband, celestial lover, and eternal marriage, that recur in sermons, stirred within her soul depths of unexpected sweetness.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • If he had not given in to the many temptations at hand before he experienced Fermina Daza’s love, he certainly would not succumb now that she was his official betrothed.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • She was betrothed to a prince of Turkestan, and was traveling to Kashgar to meet him when her carriers lost their way in the mountains.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • It was only after the betrothal that she’d learned his name.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • He was backed up against a corner of the house of his betrothed and swearing like a heathen.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Jude was extremely, morbidly, curious about her life as Phillotson’s protegee and betrothed; yet she would not enlighten him.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • This is how I became betrothed to Huang Taitai’s son, who I later discovered was just a baby, one year younger than I. His name was Tyan-yu—tyan for "sky," because he was so important, and yu, meaning "leftovers," because when he was born his father was very sick and his family thought he might die.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • WOMAN But she is betrothed to your own son.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • She was very glad that she was not obliged to tell him that the ceremony of their betrothal had taken place out there under the bare ailantus-trees.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • He compromised the girl by his promise of marriage, now she is an orphan and here; she is betrothed to him, yet before her very eyes he is dancing attendance on a certain enchantress.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • I have heard that some girls have had to give up their betrothals because their families can no longer provide dowries.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Suppose he were to communicate to Farfrae the fact that his betrothed was not the child of Michael Henchard at all—legally, nobody’s child; how would that correct and leading townsman receive the information?
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Before the marriage, too, there is the long betrothal’ Again he stopped.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • She smiled and looked up at her betrothed with grateful eyes.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • I was in a flutter of pride and anxiety; pride in my dear little betrothed, and anxiety that Agnes should like her.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • When Miss Jellyby and the unfortunate Prince found an opportunity to become betrothed I don’t know, but they certainly found none on this occasion to exchange a dozen words.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • "And don’t be an hour dressing yourself up," said William to his betrothed.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Most of the girls who were not betrothed meant to be teachers.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • The Lady Rowena must complete two years’ mourning, as for a betrothed husband—all our Saxon ancestors would disown us were we to treat of a new union for her ere the grave of him she should have wedded—him, so much the most worthy of her hand by birth and ancestry—is yet closed.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The last number denoted his betrothed, whom, with the poetry and truth of nature, he described by laying his hand on his own heart.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
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