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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Philip stood flanked by Hilary’s best friend and maid of honor, Mariska Hargitay, and Philip’s best man, his father, Phil. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Hilary Swank Wears Elie Saab Couture and Christian Dior at Her Wedding in the Redwoods," 21 Aug. 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens comes to the USA for the first time ever! 40 of the best men's and women's teams representing 28 countries comes to San Francisco this July. San Francisco Chronicle, "The World's biggest rugby party is coming to San Francisco," 25 May 2018 Joe Prunty is a good man who was thrust into a difficult situation after Jason Kidd was fired in January and considering the team’s shortcomings did a commendable job. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: The 2017-'18 season for the Bucks was a big disappointment," 29 Apr. 2018 There are good men and women in the Philippine government and in the justice system. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Memo from a ‘Facebook nation’ to Mark Zuckerberg: You moved fast and broke our country.," 26 Nov. 2018 To paraphrase some of Lily’s narration, there are three kinds of Salemites: a few good men and women, a few sadistic creeps, and a mass of bystanders who happily participate in misogynistic hate mobs. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Assassination Nation is a vicious, cathartic horror film about misogyny," 21 Sep. 2018 Had this been a level playing field situation -- like him and Meek, or many others that happened before him, where mothers weren’t hurt and fathers weren’t hurt -- then may the best man win. Billboard, "J Prince on His New Book and Convincing Drake to Ignore Pusha-T's Diss Track," 6 June 2018 Silva is known for his strong work ethic, good man-management, and his intensity on the training ground. Steve Douglas,, "Everton hire Silva to replace Allardyce," 31 May 2018 Prince William also apparently roasted his brother in his best man speech. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "There Was a Hilarious Hidden Detail at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Second Royal Wedding Reception," 26 May 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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