maid of honor

noun phrase

: an unmarried lady usually of noble birth whose duty it is to attend a queen or a princess
: a bride's principal unmarried wedding attendant compare matron of honor

Examples of maid of honor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Melanie also expressed apprehension at including Miranda as her maid of honor in her own upcoming wedding, and Miranda hasn't been documented in any of Melanie's social media posts of her bachelorette party or bridal shower. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 29 May 2024 Danielle Stanislaus, 32, a crisis-counseling supervisor from Glendale, Ariz., outside Phoenix, learned this lesson after falling out with a longtime close friend who was set to be her maid of honor. Martine Thompson, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2024 While Nyles is resigned to his fate, Sarah — the maid of honor — is desperate to escape this desert hell. Andrew Walsh,, 27 Nov. 2023 In July 2015, Nicky married James Rothschild in London, with Paris serving as her maid of honor in a periwinkle chiffon gown. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 7 Apr. 2024 My instinct is that this is yet one more sacrifice you are expected to make as her maid of honor. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2024 Daughter Jen has helped plan the wedding and will be maid of honor. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2024 The bride even asked her best friend to serve as maid of honor on her big day. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 19 Mar. 2024 Several of Cyrus' children, including Brandi and Trace Cyrus, were reportedly part of the wedding party, with Miley serving as maid of honor, per photos obtained by Just Jared and the Daily Mail. Jessica Wang,, 22 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of maid of honor was circa 1595

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“Maid of honor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

maid of honor

: an unmarried woman usually of noble birth who attends a queen or princess
: a bride's principal unmarried wedding attendant
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