\ 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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With laurels nobly won- The nation’s pride, grim Ocean’s bride, High Priestess of the Sun! San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: L. Frank Baum at Coronado," 16 June 2019 Another family heirloom that the bride donned for her walk down the aisle: A pair of earrings from her grandmother. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Katherine Schwarzenegger wed Chris Pratt in this 'something old': Mom Maria Shriver's veil," 13 June 2019 According to MailOnline, bridesmaids wore floor length blush pink gowns for the ceremony, and the bride headed down the aisle to her new husband on the arm of her famous father, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Chris Pratt Just Gave the First Look at Katherine Schwarzenegger's Wedding Dress," 10 June 2019 Wedding season is upon us, which means that brides-to-be everywhere are gearing up to walk down the aisle and say their I-dos. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "Best Bridesmaid Dresses To Shop This Wedding Season," 6 June 2019 Activists have organized along Nepal’s border with India to intercept young brides at risk of being trafficked into prostitution. Bhadra Sharma, New York Times, "As World Makes Gains Against Child Marriage, Nepal Struggles to Catch Up," 6 June 2019 Tiaras continue to be popular with brides everywhere in the world, but especially in Asia and the Middle East. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Royals Are Not the Only Brides on the Market for a Tiara," 22 May 2019 Meghan's mom Doria Ragland came from California, and Prince Charles sweetly escorted the bride down the aisle after her father Thomas Markle decided against attending. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A Timeline of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Relationship," 8 May 2019 Henna tattoo designs for brides, village cooking, spiritual gurus and Indian engineering-school entrance-exam cram courses are new genres that are thriving. Eric Bellman, WSJ, "Indians Are Binge-Watching Mobile Videos, Pushing YouTube, Others to Innovate," 21 Jan. 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


\ ˈbrīd How to pronounce bride (audio) \

Kids Definition of bride

: a woman just married or about to be married

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