To Afi'ance. v.a. [from the noun affiance.]
- To betroth; to bind any one by promise to marriage.
To me, sad maid, or rather widow sad,
He was affianced long time before,
And sacred pledges he both gave and had;
False, errant knight, infamous, and foreswore. Fairy Queen.
Her should Angelo have married; was affianced to her by oath, and the nuptial appointed; between which time of the contract, and limit of the solemnity, his brother was wrecked, having, in that vessel, the dowry of his sister. Sh. Meas. for M.
- To give confidence.
Stranger! whoe'er thou art, securely rest,
Affianc'd in my faith, a friendly guest. Pope's Oddyssey.