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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ My three sisters were bridesmaids for me.
▪ As for my powder blue, double-knit polyester bridesmaid dress and floppy hat, I left them behind this time.
▪ Long or short, silk or satin, Wendys will have the designer dress for you and your bridesmaids.
▪ The bridesmaid eventually turned up with a tale as long as her arm as to why, which nobody listened to.
▪ Together, accompanied by the bridesmaids, they return to the bridegroom's house for the wedding and the celebrations that follow.
▪ We save our Halloween costumes, as well as old scarves, bridesmaid outfits, and the like.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bridesmaid \Brides"maid`\, n. A female friend who attends on a bride at her wedding.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1550s, bridemaid, from bride + maid. The -s- is excrescent but began to appear by 1794 and the form with it predominated by the end of the 19c.


n. 1 A woman who attends a bride during her wedding ceremony, as part of the main wedding party. 2 (context sports entertainment English) A person or team who perennially finishes well, but never first. vb. To act as a bridesmaid for; to attend a bride during her wedding ceremony.


n. an unmarried woman who attends the bride at a wedding [syn: maid of honor]


The bridesmaids are members of the bride's party in a wedding. A bridesmaid is typically a young woman, and often a close friend or sister. She attends to the bride on the day of a wedding or marriage ceremony. Traditionally, bridesmaids were chosen from unwed young women of marriageable age.

The principal bridesmaid, if one is so designated, may be called the chief bridesmaid or maid of honor if she is unmarried, or the matron of honor if she is married. A junior bridesmaid is a girl who is clearly too young to be married, but who is included as an honorary bridesmaid. In the United States, typically only the maid/matron of honor and the best man are the official witnesses for the wedding license.

Often there is more than one bridesmaid: in modern times the bride chooses how many to ask. Historically, no person of status went out unattended, and the size of the retinue was closely calculated to be appropriate to the family's social status. A large group of bridesmaids provided an opportunity for showing off the family's social status and wealth. Today, the number of bridesmaids in a wedding party is dependent on many variables, including a bride's preferences, the size of her family, and the number of attendants her partner would like to have as well.

The male equivalent is the groomsman, also known in British English as an usher; in the United States, the role of attending to the groom has diverged from that of escorting guests to their seats, and the two positions are no longer synonymous and are often if not usually filled by different persons.

In some cultures, such as in Norway and Victorian England, it has been customary for bridesmaids to be small girls rather than grown women. They may carry flowers during the wedding procession and pose with the married couple in bridal photos. In modern English-speaking countries, this role is separate from that of the bridesmaid, and the small child performing it is known as a flower girl.

Bridesmaid (disambiguation)

A bridesmaid is a member of the bride's wedding party.

Bridesmaid may also refer to:

  • The Bridesmaid, a novel
    • The Bridesmaid (film), a film based on the novel
  • Bridesmaids (1989 film), a drama film starring Shelley Hack and Sela Ward
  • Bridesmaids (2011 film), a comedy film starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph

Usage examples of "bridesmaid".

Did you see that each bridesmaid took the arm of a groomsman on their way out of the .

No doubt, Glenda would describe the bridesmaid dresses to any vamp who would listen.

She fussed with her skirt, until every inch from the waist down was covered and she looked like a respectable bridesmaid once more.

Father Duptulski gave me ten Hail Marys, something that struck me as a reasonable punishment for an accomplice, a mere bridesmaid in crime.

Alexis was a bridesmaid, and Fannie a flower girl, so they each had a role.

Iy bridesmaid, Debbie, who is married and has three children, ho, a crush on him.

And when that time comes, when that wedding does take place, then I will be a bridesmaid, Trichy.

Little Bo Peep bonnets on every single one of you bridesmaids, and make you carry a stinky live lamb.

There was another e-mail from Julia reminding all the bridesmaids to be sure they had purchased their foundation garments for the dresses and got their fittings.

The bridesmaids grew still, and Taffy stared around her, looking as though she was going to panic.

Dahlia tried her best to sound excited, and the other bridesmaids twittered obligingly.

There were going to be eleven other bridesmaids, eleven ushers, a best man, four flower girls, and a ring bearer.

It took six of her bridesmaids to help her down the stairs, and Edwina cried again as she watched her.

The music started up and the bridesmaids and flower girls moved down the aisle, and then at the very end, Edwina moved out just ahead of Helen and Sam, in measured steps, holding her bouquet of white orchids.

The bridesmaids all looked like little girls to her, and she could see Alexis and Fannie giggling far ahead, but as she looked toward him she could see George, waiting expectantly with his young, shining face, for his life to begin with Helen.