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groomsman

[groomz-muh n, groo mz-]
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noun, plural grooms·men.
  1. a man who attends the bridegroom in a wedding ceremony.

Origin of groomsman

First recorded in 1690–1700; groom + 's1 + -man
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Historical Examples

  • That very evening Fred came in the store to ask me to be his groomsman.

    The Blunders of a Bashful Man

    Metta Victoria Fuller Victor

  • Roland Bayard, as groomsman, opened the ball with the bride.

    Her Mother's Secret

    Emma D. E. N. Southworth

  • Then the priest told him the place he was to go to, and the groomsman left him.

    Italian Popular Tales

    Thomas Frederick Crane

  • Say, I think that you are the nicest fellow I ever met—I do, indeed,—and you have got—to be my—groomsman.

    The Deacon

    Horace C. Dale

  • In this we have the origin of 'groomsman,' or 'best man,' of our time.

    The Historical Child

    Oscar Chrisman


British Dictionary definitions for groomsman

groomsman

noun plural -men
  1. a man who attends the bridegroom at a wedding, usually the best man
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Word Origin and History for groomsman

n.

attendant on a bridegroom at a wedding, 1690s, from groom (n.1) + man (n.).

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