\ 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

Synonyms for groom

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Earlier this month, Ree wished Alex and husband Mauricio Scott a happy one-year wedding anniversary by sharing several stunning photos of the bride and groom and their families. Antonia Debianchi,, 9 May 2022 Not surprisingly, Jain said that his biggest fear was that the bride or groom would test positive before the wedding. Byjennifer Henderson | Medpage Today, ABC News, 1 May 2022 The bodycam video shows law enforcement confronting the bride and groom after their wedding went south. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 25 Apr. 2022 The ceremony was conducted in Spanish and was translated for the bride and groom. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Apr. 2022 The groom, 23, wore a shirt of local fabric; his bride, 22, wore a simple dress. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 The footage showed Glenny looking on as police questioned the unidentified groom, who denied any knowledge of what was happening. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 25 Apr. 2022 That’s right, the groom (whose name is Patrick) is not a big character in the play. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 22 Apr. 2022 That leads the groom, the best man and their best friend to defeat the terrorists and save the hostages. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bride and groom Olivia and Paul Samplawski brought their dog, Amy, to serve as their ring bearer for their ceremony. John Kuntz, cleveland, 14 Feb. 2022 Her parents hoped to groom their daughter to become a live-in housekeeper and caretaker, per the New Yorker. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Mar. 2022 China will hope to groom its own homemade champion, but that would take time and investment. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 The tapes also revealed the President's carefully laid out plan to groom Thurgood Marshall to become the first Black man on the US Supreme Court. Janelle Davis, CNN, 16 Feb. 2022 The campaign was started in 2015 when China’s leader, Xi Jinping, pledged that the country, which had just won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, would groom 300 million ice and snow sports enthusiasts by the time of the Games. New York Times, 15 Feb. 2022 During the ceremony, which was officiated by Jarrette's father, the bride and groom both got emotional while exchanging vows. Dory Jackson,, 25 Feb. 2022 And the music teacher did want to groom me for a piano career. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, 14 Feb. 2022 The news disappointed American coaches who helped groom her and saw raw talent, rare discipline and unlimited potential. New York Times, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Groom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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\ 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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