Difference Between Fiance and Fiancee

Fiance vs Fiancee

Fiancé and Fiancée are often confused by many and there are some who use these words almost interchangeably. These are actually French nouns that refer to a person getting married. In French language, nouns are males and females, and thus fiancé and fiancée are male and female nouns used to refer to a person about to be married. There is quite a bit of difference between them as fiancé refers to a male who has been engaged and about to get married while fiancée refers to a woman engaged to a man waiting for her marriage.

So, while fiancé is a male, while a fiancée is a female. If you are talking about a man and a woman who have been engaged, you will refer to the man as fiancé, while you will refer to the woman as fiancée of the man. Fiancé is male and masculine while fiancée is female and feminine. If you are engaged to a man, you will refer to him as your fiancé while talking about him in your friend circle, while your would be husband would refer to you as his fiancée, when he is talking about you to his friends.

The word Fiancée actually comes from the French word Fiancé which literally means promise in French language. In turn, this word comes from a Latin word ‘fidere’ meaning trust. Future bride of a future groom is his fiancée. They have made a promise to each other based upon mutual trust that they will marry each other in future. Both of them keep their part of this agreement and marry in future.

In earlier times, a man and a woman who got engaged did not have sexual relations before marriage, and they became man and woman only after marriage. But times have changed and it is common to see an engaged couple living together without getting married. There are cases when the couple eventually did not marry and separated because of incompatibility found during their live-in relationship.

In ideal conditions though, if everything goes according to plans and the marriage does take place, the fiancé becomes the husband and fiancée becomes the wife in the relationship.


Fiancé and Fiancée are French nouns used to refer to a person who is engaged waiting to be married.

Fiancé is masculine while fiancée is feminine, which means that a man who has been engaged is referred to as fiancé, while a woman who has been engaged is called a fiancée.

  • Gabrielle Marie Bituin

    Thank you for the information. It helps a lot!