brides·​maid | \ˈbrīdz-ˌmād \

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.

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There will be six bridesmaids and four pageboys—all children seven years old or younger. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Bridesmaids and Page Boys Were Just Announced," 16 May 2018 Ghostbuster, bridesmaid, Michael Jordan: Kristen Wiig has played a lot of iconic characters over the years. Ben Meyerson, RedEye Chicago, "'Westworld' gets real, Kristen Wiig turns evil, and more conversation starters for your weekend," 16 Mar. 2018 The Children as Bridal Party Move over, bridesmaids and groomsmen and make room for the children. Marianne Rohrlich, New York Times, "How the Royal Wedding Might Influence Weddings to Come," 22 May 2018 Prince William is set to be Prince Harry’s best man, but it’s been revealed that Meghan Markle won’t have any adult bridesmaids or a maid of honor for the wedding. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Wedding," 16 May 2018 Tattoo artists are one way to subvert and personalize longstanding traditions, much like having mixed gender bridesmaids and groomsmen. New York Times, "Like a Tattoo, This Wedding Favor Is Forever," 8 May 2018 Forget asking your best friend to be a bridesmaid or groomsman. Marianne Rohrlich, New York Times, "How the Royal Wedding Might Influence Weddings to Come," 22 May 2018 Although her younger sister, 3-year-old Florence van Cutsem, acted as a bridesmaid in the ceremony, Grace never made an on-camera appearance. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "People Really Want to Know Where the Hilariously Grumpy Girl From Prince William and Kate Middleton's Wedding Is," 19 May 2018 The silk bridesmaids' dresses, with high-waisted with short puff sleeves, were designed by Clare Waight Keller in the Givenchy Haute Couture Atelier in Paris. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "Meet Meghan's adorable bridal party," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of bridesmaid

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of bridesmaid

: a woman who attends a bride at her wedding

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