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 collection includes wedding day essentials, like bridal gowns, lingerie, accessories, bridesmaid and guest dresses, all with plus-size bodies in mind. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Torrid Has Launched a New Wedding Dress Collection—and Everything Is Under $200," 11 Apr. 2019 Jenna's iconic dollhouse makes an appearance in Ariana's music video, as does Ari in a wedding dress — joined by her friends as bridesmaids. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Watch Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" Video Reference "Bring It On," "Mean Girls," "Legally Blonde," and "13 Going on 30"," 30 Nov. 2018 Today, Mia is serving as a bridesmaid in Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's royal wedding. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Is the Queen's Great-Granddaughter Mia Tindall?," 12 Oct. 2018 In fact, Laura's daughter Eliza served as a bridesmaid at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding! Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Do Prince George and Princess Charlotte Call Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall?," 7 Sep. 2018 This isn't the first time Rihanna's served as a bridesmaid. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Rihanna, Relatable Bridesmaid, Dodged the Bouquet at Her Friend's Wedding This Weekend," 20 Aug. 2018 The bridesmaids wore pink Whistles gowns with a tie back detail, paired with fresh flower crowns by Passion, who created all the wedding florals, a key focus for the couple. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Two Ultra-Stylish Brides Dreamed Up the Ultimate Countryside Wedding," 21 Feb. 2019 Buzz about Craig’s replacement has been building for years, and that buzz has returned again and again to Elba — whose position as a bridesmaid to the Bond franchise might actually be his longest-running role to date. Aja Romano, Vox, "Celebrating 10 years of Idris Elba becoming James Bond any second now," 10 Aug. 2018 And my choice of dress was coincidentally the same color as the bridesmaids, and I was publicly taken to task for it on social media. Ellen Warren,, "Is there a dress code for mother of the groom?," 27 Mar. 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 How to pronounce bridesmaid (audio) \

Kids Definition of bridesmaid

: a woman who attends a bride at her wedding

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