best man


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.

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While Willie had a crush on Christina right away, she was obsessed with another boy in her class named Mark Kossick — who would later be the best man at their wedding. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Willie Geist and His Wife Have, Hands Down, the Craziest Love Story in the World," 9 May 2019 The best man was a really nice guy who had recently been through some serious medical trauma and had been in the hospital for weeks. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Pour One Out for Our Fondest ‘Icing’ Memories," 30 Mar. 2018 Charlie and his brother, Thomas van Straubenzee, were reportedly ushers in Harry and Meghan's wedding party, and this time around Harry is returning the favor by serving as Charlie's best man. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Here's How Meghan Markle Is Reportedly Spending Her First Birthday as a Royal," 28 July 2018 The award was established in 1967 to recognize the best men's college basketball coach of the year, as voted upon by the Associated Press. Dave Clark,, "Top coach candidates per ESPN: Holtmann and Huggins, no Cronin or Mack," 23 Jan. 2018 Louis’ father will also be involved in the ceremony as Prince Harry’s best man. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Royal Baby Prince Louis Won't Be at the Royal Wedding," 4 May 2018 Lacy was maid of honor; Mr. Pantaleo’s brother Dan Pantaleo was best man. Tammy La Gorce, New York Times, "36 Years Later, He’s Out of the Friend Zone," 20 Apr. 2018 Attendees included Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Steve Buscemi, who was Stanley's best man. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Who Is Felicity Blunt? The Literary Agent Is Related to Both Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci," 1 Feb. 2019 This a good man with a wife and two young daughters. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani reacts to Paul Manafort's plea deal," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of best man

circa 1782, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of best man

: the most important male friend or relative who helps a groom at his wedding

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