\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web The bride wore a mask featuring a cat with a rainbow and stars flowing from its mouth. Tom Fox, Dallas News, "‘You can’t cancel love!’ Undeterred by pandemic, Dallas couple retools to pull off intimate wedding," 1 May 2020 The bride wore an $11,000 gown from Bergdorf Goodman and stepmother Sue spent another $9,000 on her own dresses for the weekend. Sarah Prior, CBS News, "Did a Long Island wedding lead to an attempted murder in Florida?," 3 Apr. 2020 Silverstein isn’t the only blushing bride working through hard decisions during this crazy time. Lily Jackson |, al, "‘Another circle on the calendar’: Brides, planners cope with postponed weddings," 19 Mar. 2020 My Aunt Betty, my father’s older sister, was a G.I. bride. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Texas-acclimated family of Brits set to become U.S. citizens," 6 Feb. 2020 As for the soon to be bride, the proposal was nothing short of perfection. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A mom trying to film her daughter's proposal ended up taking a selfie instead," 31 Dec. 2019 There was not only a bride and groom to be but also a Maid of Dishonor and a Bad Influence Best Man, plus a few others. Shirley Macfarland,, "Start your Labor Day weekend with chicken parprikas, stuffed cabbage and strudel: Talk of the Towns," 16 Aug. 2019 There’s nothing like seeing the bride live her best life on her wedding day. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Bridal Bliss: 10 Sweet Photos Of Joyful Brides That Will Make Your Day," 29 Apr. 2020 One western diplomat said the military man always has to be the bride at the wedding. Samer Al-atrush,, "Man Who Cut Libya’s Oil Supply Is Getting Harder to Handle," 29 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of bride was before the 12th century

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22 May 2020

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“Bride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce bride (audio)

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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