Do "Wife" and "Fiancee" have the same exact meaning? From my point of view, we can't call a female "Wife" until she consumes marriage. On the other hand, "Fiancee" as the dictionary defines it: "A woman who is engaged to be married."
Definition of fiancée | Collins English Dictionary
fiancée noun - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online
wife noun - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online
Question: Why is in the below text the word "Fiancee" completely different from what has been stated in the dictionary? Does this mean that the dictionary can't be relied on? Please set me free from the shackles of ignorance.
The Book of Luke Chapter 2 In another version : (New King James Version)
4And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David's ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee.
5He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.
betrothed noun - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online
In a word, according the above texts, "Wife" and "Fiancee" are interchangeable, aren’t they? And the dictionary failed to set me a proof that they are similar.