\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Along with her perfect caption, the model shared a wedding snap fans haven't seen before, in which the bride and groom are making out. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Bieber Celebrated Thanksgiving with Some PDA in Previously Unseen Wedding Photo," 29 Nov. 2019 The bride and groom are often able to take the reins, so coercion is lower and efficacy, higher. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Dil Mil, a dating app for the Indian diaspora, is redefining “arranged” marriages," 27 Nov. 2019 For their honeymoon, the bride and groom went on a road trip through southwestern France up to northern Spain, stopping along the way to rent bicycles and explore. M.a.c. Lynch,, "Love Story: Young couple designs a new life in Connecticut," 24 Nov. 2019 Sports History Sports are woven into the family histories of both the bride and groom. Bryn Stole, New York Times, "The Delay Game Was On," 22 Nov. 2019 Included are the wedding planner, venue, catering, photographer, videographer, cake, officiant, florist, stationery, music, hair and makeup for the bride, and transportation for the bride and groom. Darcel Rockett,, "Wish Upon a Wedding has made dreams come true for 150 couples facing serious illness," 4 Nov. 2019 The photograph shows a Zulu bride and groom looking directly into the camera, their hands clasped together. Sarah Todd, Quartzy, "National Geographic’s new issue shows how the world looks through women’s eyes," 26 Oct. 2019 Police said the robbery occurred in the parking lot of the Marriott Cincinnati North, 6189 Muhlhauser Road on Saturday around 12:45 a.m., when a bride and groom were leaving the hotel after their wedding reception. Sarah Brookbank,, "West Chester police: Robber took $3,500 in jewelry from newlyweds," 10 Oct. 2019 As shared in an article for Taste of Country, the Aussie lovebirds are believed to have performed the song for a bride and groom while in Florence for a wedding. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban Cover Elton John's "Your Song" at a Wedding in Florence," 1 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Officials with Utah’s DLD did not respond to requests to comment on the incident or offer confirmation on whether the state has written guidelines on how restrictions around grooming or appearance for driver’s license photos. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, "A transgender woman says she was humiliated when she was forced to remove her makeup for her ID," 20 Nov. 2019 If your man shaves, there are plenty of other shaving and men's grooming products available, including a Deluxe Shaving Gift Set ($65), aftershaves ($20), shaving soap ($9) and more. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Shop local for stocking stuffers: Louisville's 5 best stocking stuffer gift ideas," 18 Nov. 2019 Behaviors include biting themselves, repetitive circling, grooming to the point of damaging their skin, and other forms of self-harm., "Officials at the USDA said the agency does not comment on pending litigation.," 7 Nov. 2019 One, the opossum, is a tick-eliminating champ, grooming away 96 percent of tick larvae that infest it, a research study says. National Geographic, "Holographic elephants shine new light on tradition—and other innovations," 5 Nov. 2019 Other then being approached on the street, young people are commonly groomed online. Charlie Campbell / Tokyo, Time, "The Sexual Exploitation of Young Girls in Japan Is 'On the Increase,' an Expert Says," 29 Oct. 2019 Best Ulta deals on hair & styling Best Ulta deals on beauty & grooming tools For can't-miss news, expert beauty advice, genius home solutions, delicious recipes, and lots more, sign up for the Good Housekeeping newsletter. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Ulta's Pre-Black Friday Beauty Deals Are Already Amazing," 17 Oct. 2019 While grooming the sand, his rake strikes a metal object. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tiger Woods and Jimmy Fallon Find Buried Treasure While Golfing," 7 Oct. 2019 In addition to a long list of high-quality brands of foods and treats, many locations also offer grooming services, self-service grooming, a pet resort, daycare, and a wellness clinic., "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Shopping winners," 6 Oct. 2019

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

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8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Groom.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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.

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