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 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 Ralph Lauren also dressed the 12 bridesmaids, 12 groomsmen, four flower girls and one ring bearer. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "All the Details of Priyanka Chopra's Exquisite Ralph Lauren Wedding Dress," 5 Dec. 2018 The Prince and Princess of Wales pose on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day, with the Queen and some of the bridesmaids, 29th July 1981. Kate Samuelson, Time, "6 Etiquette Rules Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Wedding Guests Must Follow," 14 May 2018 Uncontrolled outpourings from grooms, bridesmaids, and one dapper 3-year-old who really didn’t like putting on his suit. Kaitlin Menza, The Cut, "9 Teary Moments From Real Weddings," 9 Apr. 2018 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

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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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