paranymph

noun para·nymph \ ˈper-ə-ˌnim(p)f , ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of paranymph

1 : a friend going with a bridegroom to fetch home the bride in ancient Greece; also : the bridesmaid conducting the bride to the bridegroom
2 a : best man

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Paranymph resulted from the marriage of the Greek prefix para- and the Greek word for bride, nymphē. The prefix para- can mean "beside" or "alongside of," as is apparent in the word parallel, from the Greek word parallēlos, a union of para- and the word allēnōn, meaning "of one another." At one time, the word paranymph also was used for a person who solicits or speaks for another - that is, an advocate - but that sense is now very rare.

Origin and Etymology of paranymph

Late Latin paranymphus, from Greek paranymphos, from para- + nymphē bride — more at nuptial


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