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

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 21 Mar. 2023.

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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