\ ˈgrüm How to pronounce groom (audio) , ˈgru̇m How to pronounce groom (audio) \

Definition of groom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2a : a person responsible for the feeding, exercising, and stabling of horses
b(1) archaic : manservant
(2) : one of several officers of the English royal household
3 archaic : man, fellow


groomed; grooming; grooms

Definition of groom (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to clean and maintain the appearance of (an animal) especially : to maintain the health and condition of the coat of (a horse, dog, etc.) by brushing, combing, currying, or similar attention
2 : to make neat or attractive an impeccably groomed woman
3 : to get into readiness for a specific objective : prepare was being groomed as a presidential candidate

intransitive verb

: to groom oneself

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of groom in a Sentence

Verb The horses are being groomed for the competition. She spent hours grooming herself. She always seems to be perfectly groomed and neatly dressed. He is being groomed to take over the company.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun New York’s wedding industry is in turmoil as the coronavirus pandemic forces brides and grooms to postpone their expensive and long-held plans—in some cases for the second time. Kate King, WSJ, "Not Included in the Wedding Budget: Another Pandemic Postponement," 18 May 2020 So are the DJs, caterers and, most critically, the brides and grooms. Jessica Testa, New York Times, "Weddings Are Their Job. What Happens When Everyone Postpones?," 11 Apr. 2020 The median age for first-time brides and grooms has risen by more than two years since 2003. Ramsey Archibald |, al, "How much does a wedding cost on average in Alabama?," 26 Jan. 2020 The groom, 29, is a retail manager at Costco in Selma, Texas. New York Times, "Avy Villaraza, Darnell Thompson," 1 Mar. 2020 For brides and grooms, the accolade might indicate a level of trustworthiness. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "The Knot's 2020 Hall of Fame includes 23 Houston wedding venues," 25 Feb. 2020 Much like the previous set introduced last year, Emoji 13.0 promotes inclusion and diversity, with ideograms of gender-neutral brides and grooms, Santa Claus, and bottle-feeding parents in various skin tones. cleveland, "New emoji for 2020 include ninjas, the Italian hand gesture and gender-inclusive symbols," 30 Jan. 2020 Suddenly, there are brides and grooms galore, nearly all of them from China, Hong Kong or Taiwan — posing and twisting themselves together in embraces that at times almost defy imagination. Los Angeles Times, "Czech Republic sees a surge in visitors from China, including many prenuptial couples," 3 Sep. 2019 Forevermark’s new Engagement and Commitment Collection, the first collection by the diamond brand, offers similarly discerning brides (and grooms) a variety of styles, with a sparkling array of diamonds to match. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "How Ashley Graham Found the Perfect Engagement Ring," 15 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Veteran Tyrod Taylor is expected to start at the position in Week 1, but the former Oregon Ducks’ star is slowly being groomed to take over. oregonlive, "Justin Herbert being compared to a former No. 1 draft pick," 18 May 2020 Kim Yo-jong is believed to have been groomed for a leadership position by her aunt Kim Kyong-hui, who occupied the same role Kim Yo-jong held during the rule of her own brother, Kim Jong-il. Sarah Midkiff,, "Who Is Kim Yo-Jong & Could She Be North Korea’s First Woman Leader?," 27 Apr. 2020 For dogs with continuously growing coats, like poodles, they are typically groomed every four to eight weeks. Jen A. Miller, New York Times, "How to Care for Your Furry Friends Under Lockdown," 21 Apr. 2020 Instead, the Cowboys probably want to find an in-line tight end who can complement Jarwin while being groomed by the new coaching staff. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: Dallas Cowboys address pressing needs on defense, pick a tight end in our final 7-round mock draft," 20 Apr. 2020 Winter season — when roads are groomed for snowmobiles, snow coaches and cross-country skiers — ended March 15. Time, "Yellowstone Joins a Growing List of National Park Closures Due to COVID-19," 24 Mar. 2020 By the time Farley was 5 years old, he was being groomed by his grandfather, Emmet Tracy, an early employee of company founder Henry Ford, who went on to run an auto parts business and a car dealership in Grosse Pointe. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "At Ford, COO Jim Farley looks to speed as he plans to move company into the future," 8 Feb. 2020 The shift has had a ripple effect on the career trajectories of junior finance executives and others who were traditionally groomed for the CFO role. Mark Maurer, WSJ, "Why You Don’t Need to Be an Accountant to Be a CFO," 29 Jan. 2020 Is that more of his long-term position than right tackle, which he was groomed at last year? Brad Biggs,, "Bears Q&A: Should Matt Nagy use more no-huddle offense? Will Ryan Pace be able to attract a free-agent QB? When will the coaches turn to younger players?," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of groom


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1809, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for groom


Middle English grom

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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Groom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of groom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a man who has just married or is about to be married
: a person who takes care of horses



English Language Learners Definition of groom (Entry 2 of 2)

: to clean and care for (an animal)
: to make (someone) neat and attractive
: to make (something) neat, smooth, or attractive


\ ˈgrüm How to pronounce groom (audio) \

Kids Definition of groom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a man who has just been or is about to be married
2 : a person in charge of horses


groomed; grooming

Kids Definition of groom (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make neat and attractive groom a dog
2 : to prepare for a purpose His family is grooming him to take over their business.

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