\ˈgrüm, ˈgru̇m \

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

Sandler was having dinner with his family when bride Alex Steinberg and groom Kevin Goldstein were posing in front of Le Mount Stephen hotel in Montreal. Erin Ben-moche,, "Adam Sandler crashes wedding photo shoot and surprises bride and groom," 2 July 2018 Both the bride and groom share a love of horses, so their unusual choice of wedding venue is totally perfect. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kaley Cuoco Marries Karl Cook in an Intimate Horse Ranch Wedding," 1 July 2018 How the groom’s mother will be incorporated into the service remains a question, and leads us to the Spencer tiara Diana worn at her wedding to Prince Charles. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Why Meghan Markle Should Wear Princess Margaret's Triumph of Love Tiara at Her Wedding," 17 May 2018 Traditionally, the groom lifts the bride’s veil, but Moriah chose not to wear one., "Philadelphia weddings: Moriah Benjoseph and Ben Nassau," 13 July 2018 This theory is supported by 19th-century documents that refer to bride and groom as queen and king. Benjamin Kemper, Smithsonian, "Raising a Glass to Armenia’s Elaborate Toasting Tradition," 13 July 2018 The groom’s father retired as a psychotherapist in private practice in Waterbury, Conn. New York Times, "Kathleen McGuirk, Miles Skorpen," 8 July 2018 The restaurant will also put together wine or whiskey tastings, so tailor the package to the bride or groom's taste buds. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago bachelor and bachelorette party ideas you can book at the last minute," 27 June 2018 No beachside ceremonies or mountaintop nuptials: The code of canon law, straight from the Vatican, says that marriages performed by a priest are meant to be celebrated in the bride or groom's parish church. Julie Zauzmer,, "Catholics can get married outdoors in two places: In Montana, and now in Baltimore," 16 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Coll, who was groomed for college and a stable white-collar career, might have easily lived his entire life in Hartford without setting foot in the predominantly African-American North End, where Lester grew up. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian, "Racism Kept Connecticut’s Beaches White Up Through the 1970s," 2 July 2018 Generous and well-groomed brows don't appear to be going out of style anytime soon, making a good brow booster a wise beauty investment. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "This Genius M.A.C. Lash Primer Hack Makes Your Brows Look Way Thicker," 16 May 2018 Handsomest Cowlick: Jon Hamm Rocking a full beard and keeping it well-groomed is always a good move, but there's a point at which the look can veer into costume territory. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "Jon Hamm Ditches His Don Draper Hair for Good," 15 Apr. 2018 Well-groomed with a self-mocking sense of humor, Nonn may not seem like the conventional outdoorsy type. Tibor Krausz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this Thai businessman was named a ‘biodiversity hero’," 4 Apr. 2018 The store also offers grooming services, which can range from anything from a bath, to facials to help with tear staining and deshedding treatments. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming opens in West U.," 12 June 2018 Both of Sherman's slide shows at the Empty Bottle satirize grooming habits. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Sarah Squirm's comedy celebrates her body in all its oozing, disgusting glory," 7 Mar. 2018 Bobby Berk gets meticulously to work, while grooming guide Jonathan Van Ness takes a cupcake break midchallenge. Joseph Hernandez,, "This 7-minute 'Queer Eye' and 'Nailed It' mashup is all you need in your life," 29 June 2018 Hair that literally never sees strand out of place—even if it's simply slicked back into place with a high gloss grooming balm—looks infinitely good right now. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "6 Beauty Tricks to Steal from the Mens Runways, From Glitter Bangs to Straight Edge Bobs," 25 June 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 \

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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