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 Following the dinner, the bride and groom’s parents, best man, and maid and man of honor all gave speeches. Alexandra MacOn, Vogue, 16 Jan. 2024 Standing by his side at the nuptials was Paul as his best man. Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 13 Jan. 2024 As the cameras cut to a commercial, Turner’s son-in-law Rob, who served as his best man, also gave a speech. Emily Longeretta, Variety, 5 Jan. 2024 Rob Young, Turner’s son-in-law, was best man, while Jen Woolston, Nist’s daughter, was maid of honor. Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2024 Turner’s two granddaughters served as junior bridesmaids and his son-in-law, Rob, was his best man. Emily Longeretta, Variety, 5 Jan. 2024 Jordan’s oldest brother Luke, who served as best man, shared several photos from the wedding weekend on his Instagram — including family shots where the NFL star was noticeably absent. Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 21 Dec. 2023 Here, our edit of the 15 best men's crossbody bags. Chadner Navarro, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Dec. 2023 Meanwhile, Bovard's young son, Bobby, was his best man, and his twin daughters, Ruthie and Mary, were flower girls. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1782, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of best man was circa 1782

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“Best man.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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