Meaning of make an honest woman of in English:

make an honest woman of

phrase

dated, humorous
  • Marry a woman, especially to avoid scandal if she is pregnant.

    ‘I hear you're making an honest woman of my sister.’
    • ‘Have you been putting off making an honest woman of your partner?’
    • ‘A source close to the couple recently revealed: ‘David's really keen to make an honest woman of Catherine - they've never talked about their relationship in public but they definitely see a long future together.’’
    • ‘Well, I think he should make an honest woman of her.’
    • ‘When asked why he'd taken so long to make an honest woman of his girlfriend, Ron joked that he ‘hadn't had enough time to ask her.’’
    • ‘We've discussed this for ages, but, now, finally, Robert is going to make an honest woman of me!’
    • ‘The only thing to be done now is to make an honest woman of this dear lady.’
    • ‘Paula and Peter grew inseparable, and courted for years, before Peter finally made an honest woman of her.’
    • ‘I'll just say Freddie has finally made an honest woman of Sally.’
    • ‘He said it was time he made an honest woman of Joanna.’
    • ‘Alex is attempting to make an honest woman out of me.’
    be married to, get married to, marry, be wed to, take as one's husband, take as one's wife, lead to the altar

    Origin

    Honest here originally meant ‘respectable’, but was probably associated with the archaic sense ‘chaste’.