brides·​maid ˈbrīdz-ˌmād How to pronounce bridesmaid (audio)
: a woman who is an attendant of a bride
: one that finishes just behind the winner

Examples of bridesmaid in a Sentence

I was a bridesmaid in my sister's wedding.
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Word History

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bridesmaid was in 1657

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“Bridesmaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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brides·​maid ˈbrīdz-ˌmād How to pronounce bridesmaid (audio)
: a woman who attends a bride at her wedding

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