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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For his part, Prince Harry has opted for a black military uniform, with his brother and best man, Prince William, following suit. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Meghan Markle stuns in Claire Waight Kelly for Givenchy at royal wedding," 19 May 2018 Ragland met Prince William, Harry's older brother and best man, and William's family on Thursday and dined with Charles and his wife Camilla a day earlier. Danica Kirka And Gregory Katz,, "Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at royal wedding," 18 May 2018 Thanks for making me a better person and a better man! Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Timber Creek shows its respect for a fallen Falcon | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 May 2018 Phil was a true character, a funny guy and a good man who looked after others and made people happy. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "Phil Pearce, legendary Upper Peninsula party store owner, dies at 64," 4 Jan. 2018 Prince Harry's brother and best man, Prince William, had similar portraits taken after his wedding to Kate Middleton. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Official Portraits Compare to Prince William and Kate Middleton's," 21 May 2018 But before Meghan showed up, Prince Harry arrived at the church with his brother (and best man) Prince William in military uniform. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Best Moments From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 While Markle made her final preparations in the company of her mother, Doria Ragland, Harry spent the evening with his brother and best man, Prince William. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "Royal wedding: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to marry in Windsor," 19 May 2018 Harry is staying at the Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park in Windsor, with his big brother and best man, Prince William. Melissa Locker, Time, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived at the Cliveden House Hotel for the Royal Wedding," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of best man

circa 1782, in the meaning defined above

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20 Oct 2018

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The first known use of best man was circa 1782

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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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