Origin and Meaning of "Fiancé"

Where exactly do the titles “fiancé” and “fiancée” come from?  The answer: French.  To be honest, not a complete surprise.  Here’s the etymology:

A fiancé is the man to whom someone is engaged, whereas the fiancée is the woman who is betrothed.

Going back even further, the root is Latin “fier” which means “to trust”, which is also related to the root of “fidelity” and “faithful”.  There even used to be a verb, “fiance”, which meant “to get engaged”.

Hope this clears some things up!  Maybe a cute mnemonic device is that “fiancée” and “bride” both have e’s at the end.  Happy planning!