grooms·​man | \ˈgrümz-mən, ˈgru̇mz-\

Definition of groomsman 

: a male friend who attends a bridegroom at his wedding

Examples of groomsman in a Sentence

He asked his two closest college friends to be his groomsmen.

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Our groomsmaid, Clémence von Mueffling, said a few words, as did our brothers, who were both groomsmen, and many other friends and family members. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "This Wedding at a French Château Had a Fireworks Display to Rival Bastille Day," 22 Oct. 2018 Makes a great gift for a groomsman, photographer, adventurer or whiskey aficionado. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Say cheese! Er, cheers! with local camera flask," 13 Aug. 2018 On May 8, Drew posted an Instagram story with childhood photos and the first names of his groomsmen (below): Pedro, Toni, Dale, James, Brad, Jodi, Mike, and Simpson. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Everything You Should Know About Property Brother Drew Scott and Linda Phan's Wedding," 5 June 2018 Abbott and his groomsmen, including brother Chance as well as bandmates Austin Davis and Preston Wait, rented their tuxes from The Black Tux. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Josh Abbott Is Married! All the Details from the Country Star and Wife Taylor Parnell's Big Day," 9 July 2018 Instead of bridesmaids and groomsmen, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry decided to have page boys and flower girls as part of their royal wedding party. Tamara Fuentes, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George Looks Exactly Like A Young William/Harry At Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 The outlet posted photos of the pair together and reported that Amendola, 32, was a groomsman in the wedding and Culpo attended as his date. Jillian Ruffo,, "Olivia Culpo and Danny Amendola Seemingly Rekindle Their Relationship at Friend's Wedding," 11 June 2018 Drew also had ten groomsmen to match, including two best men, his older brother JD and twin brother Jonathan. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Property Brother Drew Scott and Linda Phan's Wedding Photos are Finally Here," 31 May 2018 Weather permitting, they will be married outdoors on the terrace, with Allison attended by five bridesmaids and a bride’s man and Jonathan flanked by five groomsmen. M.a.c. Lynch,, "Love Story: Brought Together In A Hurricane," 24 June 2018

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1698, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of groomsman

: a male friend or relative who helps a groom at his wedding

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