\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for groom

Synonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Looking on from a window above the ceremony was the groom's father, 56, who has been hospitalized in serious condition with COVID-19 since September, according to the hospital. Isaac Scharf, Star Tribune, "Israeli hospital hosts wedding of COVID-19 patient's son," 19 Oct. 2020 Under the guise of an after-hours visit, the groom told his soon-to-be fiance that a special experience was awaiting them at the Pyramids. Travel + Leisure, "Harlan deBell and Kara Bebell," 14 Oct. 2020 To convince them, the broker told them that the groom lived in Delhi and Sahar would not be too far away from home. Sreya Banerjea, Quartz India, "Up for sale: Stories of three Indian women who were trafficked as brides," 3 Oct. 2020 The festivities kicked off with the baraat, which is when the groom and his family and friends parade to the ceremony to music and dancing. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "An Intimate Hindu Wedding Amid the Santa Monica Mountains," 29 Sep. 2020 Traditionally, women and men are separated for the party, with men having a small gathering with the groom and women celebrating with an over-the-top reception filled with performances, chocolate tastings, and designer outfits. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "Inside the lavish world of weddings in the United Arab Emirates," 6 Sep. 2020 The groom-to-be's older brother, Prince Nikolaos, snapped engagement photos of the couple with their arms around each other in a scenic shot overlooking the sea in Ithaca. Stephanie Petit,, "Royal Wedding Alert! Greece's Prince Philippos Is Engaged to Nina Flohr," 1 Sep. 2020 The wedding itself took place in the courtyard of Oakland’s Temple Beth Abraham, which the groom grew up attending, with 13 guests in person. Alix Wall,, "Zoom weddings are a pandemic necessity. They’re also here to stay," 30 Aug. 2020 The groom donned a light blue suit by Bonobos, with a white-rose boutonniere and brown leather shoes by Johnston & Murphy. New York Times, "They Needed a Place to Marry. Suddenly Their Ship Came In.," 23 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While attending the University of Richmond in the 1990s, Casey Halloran figured a business-administration degree would groom him for any type of corporate career. Kelly K. Spors, WSJ, "The College Courses Entrepreneurs Wish They Had Taken," 31 Oct. 2020 Nonhuman primates groom one another to remove fleas and other parasites, and the time spent doing this promotes group cohesion. Marta Zaraska, Scientific American, "Moving in Sync Creates Surprising Social Bonds among People," 1 Oct. 2020 Prosecutors say Maxwell played a key role in Epstein’s abuse of underage girls, helping to groom the victims and encouraging them to accept his offers of financial assistance. NBC News, "Prosecutors in Ghislaine Maxwell case seek to keep evidence secret, cite ongoing probe," 7 Oct. 2020 So, honoring his father’s dying wish to groom this son as prince, Akeem and his right hand confidant Semmi, played by Arsenio Hall, set off to America once again. Nicholas Rice,, "Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America Sequel Heads To Amazon Due to COVID Uncertainty," 14 Oct. 2020 The Chargers obviously drafted Herbert sixth overall from Oregon as a long-term answer, but the idea was to groom him for the job. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Packers' Aaron Rodger, Vikings Kirk Cousins starting NFL season off in different directions," 4 Oct. 2020 In addition to cutting back plants where needed, groom the planting to remove dead flowers and unattractive foliage. Dan Gill,, "With some signs of cooler weather creeping in, it's time to start planning your fall garden," 16 Sep. 2020 Millions in bond money and an Environmental Protection Agency grant were used to groom and maintain the land once filled with several tons of garbage into usable space for hiking, entertainment venues and recreation. Megan Taros, The Arizona Republic, "Food innovation center at site of old Phoenix landfill will be first of its kind in Arizona," 4 Sep. 2020 Lewis-Johnson said predators groom children and offer themselves as a counterfeit solution, luring them away from home. Sean Mcdonnell, USA TODAY, "US children could be 'more vulnerable' than ever to sex trafficking, advocates say. Here's what's being done to locate endangered kids.," 2 Sep. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'groom.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about groom

Time Traveler for groom

Time Traveler

The first known use of groom was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for groom

Last Updated

13 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Groom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for groom


How to pronounce groom (audio) How to pronounce groom (audio)

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.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on groom

What made you want to look up groom? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!