best man

noun
|Updated on: 11 Aug 2018

Definition of best man

: the principal groomsman at a wedding

Examples of best man in a Sentence

  1. 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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First Known Use of best man

circa 1782

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Definition of best man for English Language Learners

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



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