Definition of bridesmaid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrʌɪdzmeɪd/


1A girl or woman, usually one of several, who accompanies a bride on her wedding day: her sister asked her to be chief bridesmaid
More example sentences
  • The bride would be accompanied by several bridesmaids and the groom had one male, the best man, at his side.
  • It is common for couples to have their own children present at their weddings, often as bridesmaids or pageboys.
  • The bridesmaids and flower girl each had a single white lily fixed in their hair, to match the bride's bouquet.
2 informal A person who never attains a desire or goal.
From the saying ‘always the bridesmaid and never the bride’
Example sentences
  • He was always a bridesmaid, he rarely ever got to drive the squad.
  • The team was always significant, even if they were always bridesmaids.
  • It’s filled with wisdom and wit for the woman who feels like she is always a bridesmaid.


Late 18th century: alteration of earlier bridemaid.

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