\ 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

The bride and groom, both Midwest natives, brought families together from Indianapolis and Chicago. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Bridal Bliss Exclusive: Mike and Kyra Epps Share Stunning Photos From Their California Wedding," 27 June 2019 Her groom, Mark Tan, 28, is looking sharp in a suit, tie and dress shoes, while keeping a hint of laid-back California style by skipping socks., "City Hall weddings: Public displays of devotion," 7 June 2019 Toasting the bride and groom on their wedding day can be pretty intimidating. Carmen Collins, Country Living, "50+ Bridesmaids Quotes That Will Perfect Your Wedding Toast," 4 June 2019 Brother of the groom, Joe Jonas, and Priyanka’s future sister-in-law, Sophie Turner, arrived on Monday evening to join in the celebrations, so is anyone really still believing that this wedding won't be happening at the weekend? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Have Joined Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas in India for Pre-Wedding Celebrations," 27 Nov. 2018 Bishop Robert Baker, an uncle of the groom, performed the ceremony at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, a Roman Catholic church. New York Times, "Kate Christobek, Luke Jepsen," 8 July 2018 His former dance partner Emma Slater and her husband, Sasha Farber, even taught the bride-and groom-to-be some moves on Property Brothers at Home. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Everything You Should Know About Property Brother Drew Scott and Linda Phan's Wedding," 5 June 2018 And perhaps no one was prouder of the groom than his famous big sisters Nicky and Paris, who posted every moment of the big day to Instagram. Kate Hogan,, "All of the Photos You Need to See from Barron Hilton's Picture Perfect Weekend Wedding," 4 June 2018 Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Is the mother of the groom only allowed to wear something that is not a print, and not in any color of the bridal party? Ellen Warren,, "Is there a dress code for mother of the groom?," 27 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hair-grooming syncope, which is fainting associated with combing or brushing of one's hair. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Woman warns of rare condition after child's scary reaction to hair curling: 'Look it up'," 19 July 2019 Beth Koehler and Peggy van Gorder, who co-own a dog-grooming business in St. Petersburg, have turned out to be terrors for the giant non-native constrictors that have been consuming Everglades wildlife. David Fleshler,, "During the day, these women groom dogs. At night they kill pythons," 28 June 2019 Other prizes include a boat rental at Blackwell Forest Preserve, a behind-the-scenes tour for four of Willowbrook Wildlife Center, a tour for four of Mayslake Peabody Estate, and a hands-on grooming lesson for two at Danada Equestrian Center. James Krause, Naperville Sun, "Head to a DuPage Forest Preserve park, trail or lake and be entered to win a prize," 12 June 2019 The Arabella offers a pet-friendly walk area for residents, and The River Oaks offers a dedicated dog park and dog-grooming spa. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: High-rises offer array of on-site services," 9 June 2019 In January 2018, David Beckham announced the launch of House 99, a men's grooming brand with 13 products like moisturizer, shaving cream, and hair stylers. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria Beckham Is Launching Victoria Beckham Beauty This Fall," 13 Feb. 2019 The baby occasionally ventured away from his mom, but not too far as Negai kept an eye on him and patiently groomed his light brown fur. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Adorable baby snow monkey is born at Milwaukee zoo; first healthy birth in 26 years," 20 June 2019 In a city haunted by thousands of vacant homes, keeping lots groomed at least is a start, Brewer said. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Gary leader wants to keep city clean, even if it means mowing lawns himself," 14 June 2019 Oprah Winfrey, Victoria Beckham, Naomi Campbell, Amal Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, and First Lady Michelle Obama have all relied on Soare's expert technique to help groom their brows. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Anastasia Soare's Nightly Skincare Routine," 12 June 2019

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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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