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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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 Slip into our bridesmaid dresses and hang out waiting for the bride to be finished with her hair. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "5 Insane Stories of Family Drama Ruining Weddings," 14 May 2018 Pippa substituted her famous bridesmaid dress for an emerald green Temperley London gown, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall swapped her water-color Anna Valentine ensemble for a cornflower blue tunic dress. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Why Pippa Middleton's Guests Have to Bring Two Outfits to Her Wedding," 19 May 2017 His daughter was a bridesmaid at their wedding, The Telegraph reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Prince Louis to be christened; godparents announced," 9 July 2018 Van Cutsem has long been a friend to both William and Prince Harry—his daughter, Florence, was a bridesmaid at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s May 19 wedding. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Who Are Prince Louis’s Godparents?," 9 July 2018 Maxima had a close relationship with her youngest sister, who was a bridesmaid at her wedding to Willem-Alexander, and a godmother to Ariane, the third child of the Dutch royals. Washington Post, "Sister of Dutch queen dies in Argentina," 7 June 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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