bride and fiance

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  • sweetpotatoboy

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    English, UK (London)
    Almost.
    You can refer to a woman as the 'bride' before the wedding. Provided the wedding is in the process of being planned, she is already the 'bride' as regards the wedding plans (and her intended is the '(bride)groom').

    And you can be someone's fiancée without actually having made any wedding arrangements. Some people get engaged years before making any actual plans to get wed.
     

    Brioche

    Senior Member
    Australia English
    A bride is a woman who has just been, or who is about to be married.

    A fiancée is a woman who is engaged to be married.
    A fiancé is a man who is engaged to be married.

    It is not uncommon for a woman who is living with a man - and who may have children with the man - but who has not legally married the man, to be called his fiancée.

    Here's a quote from an English newspaper:
    The fiancée of stab victim John "King" Abbey has discovered she is expecting his sixth child.
     

    JamesM

    Senior Member
    Here's a quote from an English newspaper:
    The fiancée of stab victim John "King" Abbey has discovered she is expecting his sixth child.
    This is a very long engagement, indeed. :)

    I agree that it is not unusual to use "fiancée" to describe a long-term relationship, but I would call it a euphemism. There is the strong connotation in the word "fiancée" that there is an intention to get married.
     
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