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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First, the bridesmaids would not pay for everything, just travel and accommodations. NBC News, "I put 4 negotiation tactics for introverts to the test — here's what happened," 17 June 2019 Don't hesitate: The photos of Sophie Turner's epic bachelorette party in Spain with future bridesmaid Maisie Williams are truly too good to be true. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Sophie Turner's Bachelorette Party Was Full Of Wigs, McDonald's, & Maisie Williams," 13 June 2019 Here, four entrepreneurs in the category, from puppy parties and teacup pig parties to bridesmaids for hire, weigh in on the trend. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "We Can't Photoshop Our Way to Diversity: The Broadsheet," 13 June 2019 Schwarzenegger’s six bridesmaids—including younger sister Christina, who served as the maid of honor—all sported pink halter dresses. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katherine Schwarzenegger Wore a Gorgeous Second Wedding Dress by Armani," 12 June 2019 Next stop was the photo shoot with her court of honor — which can consist of a mix of boys and girls in roles similar to bridesmaids and groomsmen. Thalia Juarez,, "A glimpse into a centuries-old tradition celebrated in Baltimore's Latino communities," 10 June 2019 Ultimately, her bridesmaid Sophie, who was working with bridal designer Delphine Manivet, stepped in. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Stylist’s Easy Elegant Wedding Overlooking the Ocean in Ibiza," 22 Apr. 2019 As for the bridal party, the bridesmaids all picked their own white dresses. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Epic Lake Como Wedding Had It All: An Alta Moda Photoshoot, Fireworks, and a Surprise Opera," 11 Apr. 2019 The media wanted to know: So, will Prince George or Princess Charlotte, the elder progeny of William and Catherine, serve as a pageboy and a bridesmaid? Washington Post, "Palace dishes on Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding, but is hush-hush on the dress," 5 May 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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