best man

noun

Definition of best man

: the principal groomsman at a wedding

Examples of best man in a Sentence

The groom asked his brother to be his best man and the bride asked her sister to be her maid of honor.
Recent Examples on the Web As Finley said Saturday afternoon: May the best man win. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 10 Apr. 2022 Watch Sam deliver one of the most incredible best man speeches ever! Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2022 Music composed by Gordon Getty was performed, then best man Frederic Trohler and Ivy’s rescue Chihuahua mix, Blue, supplied the rings at the request of Speaker Pelosi. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 8 Nov. 2021 Third Man’s top man, Ben Swank, presided over the nuptials, in which White’s and Jean’s bass players served as best man and maid of honor. Chris Willman, Variety, 9 Apr. 2022 Olive is obviously the maid of honor for her twin sister, and promises to put on a happy face—even though Dane's brother and best man, Ethan, is her nemesis. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 10 Apr. 2022 Their respective bass players were the best man and maid of honor, while members of their families, including White's mother, Theresa Gillis, stood by. Brian Mccollum, USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2022 White’s mother and Jean’s father, the publication stated, were in attendance for the impromptu nuptials, while each musician’s bass players served as best man and maid of honor. Kat Bouza, Rolling Stone, 9 Apr. 2022 Their respective bass players were the best man and maid of honor, while members of their families including White's mother, Theresa Gillis, stood by. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of best man

circa 1782, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of best man was circa 1782

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8 Jun 2022

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“Best man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/best%20man. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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