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

Example Sentences

I was a bridesmaid in my sister's wedding.
Recent Examples on the Web On Wednesday, the Modern Family alum celebrated the special occasion by posting a series of photos of herself with Hudgens, snapped during her nuptials to Wells Adams, where Hudgens served as a bridesmaid. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 16 Dec. 2022 The just-revealing-enough gown to wear to six, seven, or eight weddings a year as a guest—plus one as a bridesmaid. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 Nov. 2022 When Melissa pointed out that Teresa was a bridesmaid in her wedding, that’s when Teresa dropped that nuclear bomb of idiocy on all of us. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 9 May 2022 Eight-year-old Margarita was also famously a bridesmaid at Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2011 royal wedding. Town & Country, 4 Nov. 2022 Lohan, who signed a deal for two more movies with the streaming service following Falling for Christmas, will also star in Irish Wish as a love-struck bridesmaid at her best friend's wedding. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 3 Oct. 2022 Another fellow principal dancer, Ms. Phelan’s best friend, Indiana Woodward, was a bridesmaid. Tammy La Gorce, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2022 Competition erupts between the maid of honor and another bridesmaid over who is the bride's best friend. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 13 Sep. 2022 President Bill Clinton played his saxophone; daughter Chelsea was a bridesmaid. Darlene Superville, USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2022 See More

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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 28 Jan. 2023.

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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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