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bride Line breaks: bride
Pronunciation: /brʌɪd/

Definition of bride in English:


A woman on her wedding day or just before and after the event: the bride and groom left early last night
More example sentences
  • How do I prevent the all too familiar pre-wedding bloating experienced by so many brides on their wedding day?
  • Now there's a girl who knows how to dress for an event without stealing the bride's thunder.
  • The chair is for the bride to sit and the groom to remove the bride's garter from her leg.


like a bride's nightie
Australian informal Very quickly: first sign of a better offer and they are off like a bride’s nightie
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  • She's up and down like a bride's nightie, pacing the corridor.
  • The future of their reunion has been up and down like a bride's nightie.
  • If the car was parked on a hill and there no friction between tyres and ground, the damn thing would be off like a bride's nightie.


Old English brȳd, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bruid and German Braut.

  • In Old English bride was bryd. The bridegroom had nothing to do with the word groom. The original form was brydguma, from guma ‘man’. This second part was always a slightly poetic word, and by the end of the Middle Ages people would not have recognized it. So they substituted a word they did know. The origin of bridal shows that people have always partied at weddings. The word comes from Old English bryd-ealu ‘wedding feast’, from bryd ‘bride’ and ealu ‘ale-drinking’.

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