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 last photo, taken inside Frogmore House, features members of the couples' families, as well as the little page boys and bridesmaids. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston's Official Wedding Photos Have Been Released," 21 May 2019 The three Mulroney children—eight-year-old twins John and Brian and five-year-old Ivy—served as page boys and bridesmaid. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jessica Mulroney Is the Real Fashion Royalty," 7 Mar. 2019 That bankruptcy left thousands of brides-to-be and their bridesmaids without their dresses. Lillian Rizzo, WSJ, "David’s Bridal Reaches Restructuring Deal With Lenders," 15 Nov. 2018 Today, Kensington Palace released three official wedding portraits of the bride and groom, featuring their families and the adorable children who served as page boys and bridesmaids. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Royal Wedding: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Release Official Portraits," 21 May 2018 The page boys and bridesmaids for Meghan and Harry's wedding have officially been announced — and there are two names that no one recognizes: Remi and Rylan Litt. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Benita Litt? Meet One of Meghan Markle's Oldest Friends," 16 May 2018 First, the bridesmaids would not pay for everything, just travel and accommodations. NBC News, "I put 4 negotiation tactics for introverts to the test — here's what happened," 17 June 2019 Don't hesitate: The photos of Sophie Turner's epic bachelorette party in Spain with future bridesmaid Maisie Williams are truly too good to be true. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Sophie Turner's Bachelorette Party Was Full Of Wigs, McDonald's, & Maisie Williams," 13 June 2019 Here, four entrepreneurs in the category, from puppy parties and teacup pig parties to bridesmaids for hire, weigh in on the trend. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "We Can't Photoshop Our Way to Diversity: The Broadsheet," 13 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce bridesmaid (audio) \

Kids Definition of bridesmaid

: a woman who attends a bride at her wedding

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