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

Definition of groom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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 for groom

Synonyms: Verb

fit, fix, lay, prep, prepare, ready

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Examples of groom in a Sentence


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

One of the most captivating items in the show is a palanquin from 1856, which was used to carry a wealthy bride to her groom’s home. Emily Ferguson, WSJ, "The Legacy of a Japanese Classic," 22 Feb. 2019 After the Haldi, the bride and groom are separated. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Influencer Diipa Khosla Wore 9 Different Looks for Her 4-Day Indian Wedding," 8 Feb. 2019 Of course, three years later Teigen and Kardashian West are now very close friends, so clearly neither the bride nor groom held anything against the couple for bickering on their special day. Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Got Into a Very Big, Very Relatable Fight at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Wedding," 18 Jan. 2019 The bride and groom both wore custom Ralph Lauren at their Christian wedding. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Married—Here's Everything We Know About the Wedding," 4 Dec. 2018 Usually, a bride refrains from revealing her dress to the groom until the day of their wedding. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Just Leaked the First Photos of Eddie's Wedding Dress," 25 Jan. 2019 Per the bride and groom, cell phones are not permitted for use during the ceremony, even going so far as to install cell phone reception jammers to keep details under wraps. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Everything We Know About Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's Wedding So Far," 10 Nov. 2018 And to celebrate, Buckingham Palace released a series of photos on Twitter of the bride-and-groom-to-be. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A New Photo of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank Offers a Rare Glimpse of the Queen’s Private Estate," 9 Oct. 2018 Reportedly, Harris was planning to leave her groom-to-be at the altar while camera’s were rolling for the Lifetime TV special in return for a $500,000 paycheck. Fox News, "8 Playmate scandals revealed," 16 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to the documentary, both of these women were aspiring singers who hoped that R. Kelly would groom them for stardom. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 Without grooming, the fur quickly becomes hopelessly matted, and sometimes infections occur. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Science says your cat’s tongue is ideally suited for grooming fur," 28 Dec. 2018 About 13 toasts were given during the meal, by everyone from the bride’s father and mother to the bride and groom themselves. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "This Bride Found Her Dress on Instagram and an Epic Wedding in Venice Followed," 2 Oct. 2018 Cissy trained her only daughter rigorously, grooming her heir apparent for success in the family trade. Graham Ambrose,, "Darkness and light in Whitney Houston documentary," 4 July 2018 Fathers also teach their kits how to forage, play with them and even groom them. Bradley J. Fikes,, "For the Fourth, bring out the (San Diego Zoo) babies!," 3 July 2018 Cats with long hair, or those who can no longer groom themselves adequately, are especially in need of professional clipping. Dr. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Allergic to your furry friends? Here are tips to help manage pet allergies," 31 May 2018 Every morning, Bowie waits patiently for Wiley to groom him. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Things No One Tells You About Owning Big Dogs," 13 Apr. 2018 Barry, a volunteer assistant under Goldberg for 20 years, appreciates the fact that Goldberg had been grooming him to eventually take over the reins of the Stallions. Gary Curreri,, "Stallions in a full gallop as part of boys lacrosse resurgence," 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of groom


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1809, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for groom


Middle English grom

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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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