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.

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The three women had served as bridesmaids in a fourth sister’s wedding two weeks ago. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Five members of the same family among those presumed dead in boat fire," 4 Sep. 2019 Across from me, facing us, was my twin sister, who was a bridesmaid. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: Four boys at a driving range, swinging as hard as they can. What could possibly go wrong?," 18 Aug. 2019 Mia was joined by Princess Charlotte, Maud Windsor, Theodora Williams, and her cousins Savannah and Isla Phillips as bridesmaids in the wedding party. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Is the Queen's Great-Granddaughter Mia Tindall?," 25 June 2019 Even with her busy schedule, Selena had plenty of time to get dressed up and be a bridesmaid at her best friend's wedding. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "6 Ways Selena Gomez Has Been Living it Up Since Justin Bieber Married Hailey Baldwin," 29 Mar. 2019 Meghan's young bridal party included Princess Charlotte, Florence van Cutsem, Ivy Mulroney, Rylan Litt, Remi Litt, and Zalie Warren as bridesmaids. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie & Jack Brookbank's Official Portraits Compared to Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's," 13 Oct. 2018 At the original Flour + Water a few blocks away, Neapolitan pizza plays bridesmaid to the critically acclaimed pasta; my gaze there would often leap over the four pies listed on its menu to the assortment of noodles and dumplings below. Soleil Ho,, "Flour + Water Pizzeria, the home of the $8 slice and much, much more," 29 Aug. 2019 Now how ‘bout you? 20 bridesmaids in one wedding isn’t unusual, our front porch ferns are the size of Shetland ponies and our car dealers fly flags larger than the entire downtown. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "Turn it up, Alabama," 21 Aug. 2019 If the wedding dress business has been slow to evolve, the bridesmaid sector is miles behind. Vogue, "These Designers Are Shaking Up the Outdated Traditions of Bridesmaid Dresses," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bridesmaid

1657, 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 How to pronounce bridesmaid (audio) \

Kids Definition of bridesmaid

: a woman who attends a bride at her wedding

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