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Gender SpecificPlay
'Fiance' is specifically used for a man engaged to be married. SlideJane's fiance proposed to her on their trip to Paris.
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Cultural PerceptionPlay
In some cultures, being a fiance implies a formal, public declaration of intention to marry. SlideIn our culture, a fiance is expected to ask the bride's parents for their blessing.
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Serious CommitmentPlay
Using 'fiance' indicates a serious relationship and a commitment to future marriage, not a casual relationship. SlideAfter five years of dating, they finally became fiances and started planning the wedding.