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bridegroom Syllabification: bride·groom
Pronunciation: /ˈbrīdˌɡro͞om/

Definition of bridegroom in English:


A man on his wedding day or just before and after the event.
Example sentences
  • Men give money to a bridegroom on his wedding day to help him meet expenses.
  • The Danaides murdered their bridegrooms on their wedding night.
  • Suggesting that this is an opera about fidelity, he has made all the characters brides and bridegrooms.


Old English brȳdguma, from brȳd 'bride' + guma 'man' The change in the second syllable was due to association with groom.

Words that rhyme with bridegroom

anteroom • stockroom

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