\ 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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Meanwhile, the groom mixed dapper and cool with a suit and white sneakers. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Responds to Rumors That She and Liam Hemsworth Are Expecting a Baby," 17 Jan. 2019 On May 10, 2008, Jenna and Henry walked down the aisle at the Bush's secluded ranch in Crawford, Texas – the same day as the groom's 30th birthday. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Jenna Bush Hager and Husband Henry Chase Hager Have the Best Love Story," 1 Mar. 2019 Only a few family members and friends (including the groom's BFF Josh Ostrovsky) were at the nuptials. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski Are Style Twins in Matching Black Turtlenecks at the Same Basketball Game," 25 Jan. 2019 The bride and groom's parents all wore looks by the designer as well. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "All the Details of Priyanka Chopra's Exquisite Ralph Lauren Wedding Dress," 5 Dec. 2018 The couple tied the knot on Saturday, December 1, in a Western Christian ceremony officiated by the groom’s father Paul Kevin Jonas Sr., and are expected to take part in a traditional Hindu ceremony the following day. Aamina Khan, Teen Vogue, "Nick Jonas Had Henna Applied to His Hands Before Marrying Priyanka Chopra," 1 Dec. 2018 Some brides also opt to hide the groom's name somewhere between the intricate designs, and, on the night of the wedding day, the lucky guy has to find it before he is allowed to sleep. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Begin Their Pre-Wedding Ceremonies—Here’s What Could Be Next," 28 Nov. 2018 The guests included former President George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, former President George H.W. Bush, and other family members from the bride's and groom's sides. Emily Wang, Glamour, "George W. Bush's Daughter, Barbara Bush, Just Got Married in a Secret Ceremony," 8 Oct. 2018 Earlier this week, she was spotted riding at Windsor Castle alongside her head groom Terry Penury. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "At Nearly 93, Queen Elizabeth Is Still Horseback Riding Like a Boss," 9 Apr. 2019

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In an Instagram posted late yesterday evening, Lacy revealed that his fashion instincts were groomed from an early age. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Is it Any Surprise That Steve Lacy Won Best Dressed in Eighth Grade?," 26 Mar. 2019 The president is from the provincial town of Amiens, north of Paris, but he was groomed by elite academies in the capital before becoming a deal maker at Rothschild & Cie. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "Protests Threaten Macron’s Campaign to Remake France," 9 Dec. 2018 Wyoming Jackson Hole The mountain has also been extending its reach to beginner and intermediate skiers, with 50 percent of the acreage groomed for those levels. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "If You're Skiing the Rockies This Winter, Read This First," 4 Dec. 2018 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

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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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