brides·​maid | \ ˈbrīdz-ˌmād How to pronounce bridesmaid (audio) \

Definition of bridesmaid

1 : a woman who is an attendant of a bride
2 : one that finishes just behind the winner

Examples of bridesmaid in a Sentence

I was a bridesmaid in my sister's wedding.
Recent Examples on the Web Seven months ago, Andy Dalton was the perennial bridesmaid. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: 'We've got our quarterback in Andy Dalton'," 13 Oct. 2020 Dear Miss Manners: I was asked by a friend to be a bridesmaid at her upcoming wedding! Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Wife mistaken for mother," 3 Oct. 2020 The two older Cambridge kids have served as a page boy and a bridesmaid in a number of nuptials, both royal and civilian in recent years—so their absence from Princess Beatrice's wedding portraits is particularly noticeable. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Prince William and Kate Middleton Likely Weren't at Princess Beatrice's Wedding," 18 July 2020 Petsch was even a bridesmaid in the mom-to-be's wedding in January, which took place at the Walton Historic House in Florida. Robyn Merrett,, "Madelaine Petsch Defends Pregnant Riverdale Costar Vanessa Morgan amid Michael Kopech Divorce," 29 July 2020 One of her granddaughters, Eliza Lopes, was a bridesmaid in William and Kate’s 2011 wedding. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and Prince William Carry Out First Public Visits After Months of Video Calls," 16 June 2020 Hyland has a lot of close Hollywood buds, but she's found a bridesmaid in her longtime friend Vanessa Hudgens. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams’s Wedding: Everything We Know So Far," 1 July 2020 Shortly after leaving the series, Lesley went on to be a bridesmaid in Sean's wedding to his Bachelor winner Catherine Giudici. Martha Sorren,, "After Sean Lowe’s Bachelor Season, Lesley Murphy Is Finally Going To Hometowns," 8 June 2020 While Ashley and Tim kept their guest list intimate, with 18 bridesmaids and groomsmen plus family, Danielle and Ashwin were joined by 90 devices and nearly 200 people — a number much larger than their original guest count. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, "When Coronavirus Crashed Their Weddings, These Couples Held Virtual Ceremonies Instead — Here's What It Was Really Like," 3 May 2020

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First Known Use of bridesmaid

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bridesmaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bridesmaid

: a female friend or relative who helps a bride at her wedding


brides·​maid | \ ˈbrīdz-ˌmād How to pronounce bridesmaid (audio) \

Kids Definition of bridesmaid

: a woman who attends a bride at her wedding

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