- a groomsman or a bridesmaid.
- (in ancient Greece)
- a friend who accompanied the bridegroom when he went to bring home the bride.
- the bridesmaid who escorted the bride to the bridegroom.
Origin of paranymph
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These crowds you complain of are evidence that I have not discharged the function of paranymph in vain.
- archaic a bridesmaid or best man
C16: via Late Latin from Greek paranumphos, from para- 1 + numphē bride (literally: person beside the bride)
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