bride·​groom | \ ˈbrīd-ˌgrüm How to pronounce bridegroom (audio) , -ˌgru̇m \

Definition of bridegroom

: a man just married or about to be married

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Recent Examples on the Web One of the preliminary bureaucracies of a Yoruba wedding, increasingly adopted by other Nigerians, involves the family of the bridegroom delivering a letter to the family of the bride. Yemisi Aribisala, The New Yorker, "The Beauty and Burden of Being a Nigerian Bride," 19 Sep. 2019 There is a rule against leaving wedding festivities before the departure of the bride and bridegroom. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Formality can be a good thing," 23 July 2019 Dear Miss Manners: What are the bridegroom's parents responsible for? Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Reducing chaos in airport queues," 12 July 2019 But as one bride and the other bridegroom will presumably also have features in common, Miss Manners has no objection to your washing and recycling your dress. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Stay-at-home dad objects to ‘playing hooky’ remarks," 5 June 2019 Many bridegrooms-to-be popped the question over champagne in the intimate dining room. San Diego Union-Tribune, "R.I.P. Old Trieste — Thank you for your service," 3 June 2019 The Demon has the prince killed on the way to the wedding, and the entire second act is a lengthy party scene, its celebrations cut short by the news of the bridegroom’s demise, and then extended with repetitive lamentations. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Demon’ Review: Obsession and Seduction," 31 July 2018 As a captain in the British Royal Army, the norm would have been to go free of facial hair as per tradition, but the bridegroom made headlines by taking the unconventional route. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Beard-Care Sales Are Up in the U.K., and Even the Royals Are Catching Onto the Trend," 27 June 2018 The bridegroom wore a blue suit while his groomsmen wore snug concrete gray ones and colorful socks. Lois Smith Brady, New York Times, "You Could Write a Country Song About Them. (He Probably Will.)," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of bridegroom

1525, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bridegroom

Middle English (Scots) brydegrome, by folk etymology from Middle English bridegome, from Old English brȳdguma, from brȳd + guma man; akin to Old High German brūtgomo bridegroom — more at homage

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“Bridegroom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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bride·​groom | \ ˈbrīd-ˌgrüm How to pronounce bridegroom (audio) \

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: a man just married or about to be married

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