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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Williams was central to the wedding, as his daughter Theodora Rose served as one of Princess Eugenie's bridesmaids. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rumors From Inside Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Royal Wedding Party," 13 Oct. 2018 Getty ImagesANDREW MILLIGAN Theodora Rose is joining a great group of bridesmaids at the royal wedding. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Theodora Rose Williams Will Reportedly Be a Page Girl at Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 30 Sep. 2018 The job description of bridesmaid can be a lengthy, unpredictable one. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "25 Non-Cheesy Bridesmaid Gifts for the Most Devoted Wedding Attendants," 30 July 2018 White roses, another flower closely associated with Diana, were also included in the flower crowns of the bridesmaids and throughout the decorations of St. George’s chapel. Time, "All the Ways Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Paid Tribute to Princess Diana at Their Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 Also: In a traditional royal wedding, which this one certainly will be, all of the bridesmaids and pageboys are children. Washington Post, "Palace dishes on Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding, but is hush-hush on the dress," 5 May 2018 Before the bride arrives, the conversation becomes intense when one of the bridesmaids reveals a secret - the bride-to-be's husband has been playing around behind her back. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Panther Players' OAP performances earn awards," 10 Apr. 2018 But the truth is that many 20- and 30-somethings are just getting by, and bridesmaids in particular are asked to drop a lot of cash. Washington Post, "Ask Brianna: How to say no to being a bridesmaid," 10 Apr. 2018 Entertainment Tonight posted a video of all the bridesmaids and pageboys entering the service. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Princess Charlotte and Prince George Stole the Show at Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 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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