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.
Recent Examples on the Web This cousin is getting married in five months, and Melanie will be a bridesmaid. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 15 Oct. 2021 Flora's grandmother Princess Alexandra, who was a bridesmaid at the Queen's wedding to Prince Philip in 1947, sported a polka dot dress under a blazer with a matching hat for the exciting day — and pink seemed to be the color of choice for guests! Stephanie Petit,, 10 Sep. 2021 Or your friend convinces you to try blue smoky eye shadow, or tells you that sage green bridesmaid dress looks soooo cute, or, ugh, remember that one year every godawful thing was Millennial pink? Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021 Demorst was a bridesmaid at the wedding and drove Jimenez to get food after the reception had ended. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Aug. 2021 Laura Mocodeanu did not testify at the trial, but a photo of Nikki in a bridesmaid's dress at Laura's wedding was a defense exhibit to document a burn on Nikki's chest. Jericka Duncan, CBS News, 7 Aug. 2021 For American women, three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and being a bridesmaid. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 14 July 2021 Cara Delevingne dons Rachel's pink bridesmaid dress from her former fiancé's wedding with its skirt tucked into red underpants, as accidentally happened to Rachel. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 27 May 2021 My wedding was several years ago, but one of my bridesmaids recently contacted me because someone told her that a bridesmaid is supposed to pay for her own dress. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of bridesmaid

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Oct 2021

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“Bridesmaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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