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.
Recent Examples on the Web Sam Tharpe is a good man, who served the people of our community in the best way possible. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Samuel Q. Tharpe, former state police sergeant and security supervisor, dies," 25 Nov. 2019 Brent’s arc on the show isn’t over, and perhaps his partaking of better manners will lead to a better man. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Good Place Wonders How to Reform #MeToo’s Disgraced Men," 3 Oct. 2019 All that is needed is a few good men and women who know the value of education choice to lead the way. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Support school board candidates who know the value of school choice," 10 Oct. 2019 Anthony Radziwill, his first cousin on his mother's side and a best friend since childhood, was his best man, as John was at his wedding two years earlier. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "When JFK Jr. and Carolyn got married: Never before seen tapes on TV for first time," 14 July 2019 While Prince Harry's reported status as van Straubenzee's best man guaranteed his attendance with his ever-fashionable bride, rumor initially had it that Prince William and Kate Middleton had also RSVPed. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Why Prince William and Kate Middleton Skipped Charlie van Straubenzee's Wedding," 6 Aug. 2018 As Princess Eugenie headed down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel Friday, Jack Brooksbank stood inside with his best man, his younger brother Tom, by his side. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jack Brooksbank Said the Sweetest Thing as Princess Eugenie Walked Down the Aisle," 12 Oct. 2018 His personal conduct revealed him to be a very good man. Karl Rove, WSJ, "George Bush’s Leadership by Example," 4 Dec. 2018 Ilya, embracing a flair for the dramatic, arrived at the ceremony in a hydroplane with with his best man, Vivake. Vogue, "This Wedding in Lake Como Was Inspired by the Couple’s Russian Heritage—And Burning Man," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of best man

circa 1782, in the meaning defined above

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1 Dec 2019

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“Best man.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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