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[brahyd-groom, -groo m] /ˈbraɪdˌgrum, -ˌgrʊm/
a newly married man or a man about to be married.
Origin of bridegroom
late Middle English
before 1000; late Middle English (Scots) brydgrome, alteration of Middle English bridegome, Old English brȳdguma (brȳd bride1 + guma man, cognate with Latin homō), with final element conformed to groom Unabridged
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  • In the midst of it all, the bridegroom was the person to whom the least attention was paid.

  • Both bride and bridegroom looked uncomfortable in their clothes.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • After a long silence, the bridegroom was the first to start a new subject.

    After Dark Wilkie Collins
  • First went the sposa and comare with the mothers of bride and bridegroom.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • The bride, bridegroom, and the bride's father shall drive with me.

    The Sign Of The Red Cross Evelyn Everett-Green
  • He regarded the bridegroom with eyes in which there was no expression whatever.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • There were two companies—the bride's party and the bridegroom's party.

    Folk Lore James Napier
  • The bridegroom of the sea is dead, his palace and his city are his mausoleum!

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • On the wedding day, the bride and bridegroom are seated on two planks placed on the dais.

  • “The bridegroom tarrieth;” but see that thou dost not slumber and sleep!

    The Faithful Promiser John Ross Macduff
British Dictionary definitions for bridegroom


/ˈbraɪdˌɡruːm; -ˌɡrʊm/
a man who has just been or is about to be married
Word Origin
C14: changed (through influence of groom) from Old English brӯdguma, from brӯdbride1 + guma man; related to Old Norse brūthgumi, Old High German brūtigomo
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Word Origin and History for bridegroom

Old English brydguma "suitor," from bryd "bride" (see bride) + guma "man" (cf. Old Norse gumi, Old High German gomo, cognate with Latin homo "man;" see homunculus). Ending altered 16c. by folk etymology after groom (n.) "groom, boy, lad" (q.v.).

Common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon brudigumo, Old Norse bruðgumi, Old High German brutigomo, German Bräutigam), except in Gothic, which used bruþsfaþs, literally "bride's lord."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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