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

Definition of bridegroom

: a man just married or about to be married

Examples of bridegroom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trapped and imagining all sort of horrors, the prospective bridegroom uses his smartphone to reach out to friends, the police and social media. Patrick Frater, Variety, 12 May 2022 Tony hadn’t mentioned the condition of Steve, the bridegroom. Graham Swift, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 Whether today is the bride’s day, the bridegroom’s day or Boxing Day, bridal couples are expected to greet their guests and guests must thank their hosts. Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2022 The only contemporary image of her bridegroom that survives is that of his profile on a coin. Shelley Puhak, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Jan. 2022 Of course, the parents had to pay less to a convent than to a bridegroom. Jane Hu, The New Yorker, 30 Nov. 2021 It was based on the idea that the bridegroom is to be congratulated on his good fortune, but that the bride IS that good fortune, and therefore should only be wished well. Judith Martin, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2020 The happy couple are therefore within their rights not to reissue invitations that were previously declined merely because the date, the location and the entree (though not, perhaps, the bridegroom) have changed. Judith Martin, Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2020 The bridegroom chose a semi-matching outfit of black brocade lined with crimson silk, and a cap topped with a brooch that his new wife had given him, featuring a unicorn and a cherub. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 28 May 2020 See More

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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 22 May. 2022.

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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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