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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Her four bridesmaids wore teal and emerald green dresses. New York Times, "Falling Into Each Other’s Arms, a Step at a Time," 23 Aug. 2019 The newlywed couple also posed with the ten sweet children (three page boys and seven bridesmaids) in their wedding party: Windsor and Kingston looked sublime in their complementary outfits while posing for a photo together on the grassy grounds. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gabriella Windsor Is Glowing in the Official Photographs from Her Royal Wedding," 21 May 2019 Their bridesmaids and page boys — including nephew Prince George and niece Princess Charlotte! — gather around the centerpiece and flash smiles for photographer Alexi Lubomirski. Stephanie Petit,, "All About Princess Diana and Meghan Markle's Royal Christening Couch Connection," 29 Aug. 2019 Four bridesmaids in blush-colored dresses, including her sisters Lauren Marquardt and Ashley Hagedorn, held pink bouquets. New York Times, "They Met on the Court. They Both Won in Love.," 16 Aug. 2019 The bridesmaids, Cartwright said, attended her final fitting. Lydia Wang,, "Brittany Cartwright’s Wedding Gown Was A Convertible Dream," 30 June 2019 Have a bridesmaid, or MOH, ask each guest for a word to fill in a blank. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "10 Bridal Shower Game Ideas You Won't Hate Playing," 5 June 2019 The three women had served as bridesmaids in a fourth sister’s wedding two weeks ago. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Five members of the same family among those presumed dead in boat fire," 4 Sep. 2019 Across from me, facing us, was my twin sister, who was a bridesmaid. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: Four boys at a driving range, swinging as hard as they can. What could possibly go wrong?," 18 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bridesmaid

1657, 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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