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

2a : best man

b : bridesmaid

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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.

First Known Use of paranymph

circa 1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for paranymph

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

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