\ ˈbrīd How to pronounce bride (audio) \

Definition of bride

: a woman just married or about to be married

Examples of bride in a Sentence

the mother of the bride

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Celebrating their nuptials at an intimate reception with their family and friends immediately following the ceremony, the bride looked stunning in a custom mermaid-style Walter Mendez dress. Anya Leon,, "American Idol Alum Kimberly Caldwell Expecting Second Child: 'We Are Overjoyed'," 12 Aug. 2019 Neither the bride nor the groom gave them permission to help themselves to ‘takeout’ and certainly NOT to fill 10 containers with food. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Wedding food to go?," 12 Aug. 2019 The bride’s mother retired as a saleswoman at Bloomingdale’s in New York, and is now a community volunteer in Woodstock. New York Times, "Jamie Greenhouse, Matthew Ehrlich," 11 Aug. 2019 Linda Kasabian: Born in small-town Maine, Kasabian was a high school dropout and troubled teen bride. Aja Romano, Vox, "The Manson Family murders weren’t a countercultural revolt. They were about power, entitlement, and Hollywood.," 7 Aug. 2019 These companies’ focuses vary widely: one helps brides connect to vendors. Mary Kilpatrick,, "Meet the tech startups headlining Flashstarts 2019 Demo Day," 7 Aug. 2019 The rumors have only added to the stress, but Spears was all smiled at Monday's premiere — and possibly even a bride to be. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Britney Spears Made A Rare Public Appearance With Sam Asghari & Sparked Engagement Rumors," 25 July 2019 Two weeks before her wedding, the bride jammed her ring finger. Joan Niesen,, "Meet the Vanderquigs: How the Chicago Sky Stars Make Their Unique Relationship Work," 25 July 2019 The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, took his father of the bride duties for Princess Eugenie very seriously, even stooping down to fix her train. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Princess Eugenie wishes divorced parents Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson a happy anniversary," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of bride

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bride

Middle English, from Old English brȳd; akin to Old High German brūt bride

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English Language Learners Definition of bride

: a woman who has just married or is about to be married


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Kids Definition of bride

: a woman just married or about to be married

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