- a young woman who attends the bride at a wedding ceremony.
- Informal. a person, group, etc., that is in a secondary position, never quite attains a goal, etc.: Bridesmaids for 12 seasons, the Eagles finally won the championship.
Origin of bridesmaid
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Examples from the Web for bridesmaid
I was a bridesmaid this summer for a couple that met at The Ball in 2011.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots
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And Pippa Middleton's bridesmaid dress was meant to be "insignificant."Beyonce Named Most Powerful Celebrity; Kanye West is Back at A.P.C.
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The charges against the groom as well as against a bridesmaid were dropped.Anthony Weiner Has Some Competition
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Ron Paul, Bridesmaid Ron Paul was supposed to finally win a state last night.Super Tuesday Surprises: Catholics for Romney, Women for Santorum, and More
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And you see I had set my heart on her being Caroline's bridesmaid.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
She accepted him; and I was, indeed, happy when I officiated as bridesmaid for her.
"I've no bridesmaid to throw it to," she said, extending289 it toward Stuart.Under the Country Sky
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"If you are a bridesmaid the third time, you will never be a bride," said some of the wiseacres.A Little Girl in Old Salem
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I had counted on having you for bridesmaid, and you would not come home.Marion's Faith.
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Word Origin and History for bridesmaid
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