- the chief attendant of the bridegroom at a wedding.
Origin of best man
First recorded in 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for best man
It is unlucky for a bridegroom to have for his "best-man" one who is not his blood relation.
Being the best-man at the wedding is one of the honors that has come to Father.Phyllis
Maria Thompson Daviess
And Chandos, who acted as best-man to his old messmate, declared that it was the happiest day of his life.The Two Shipmates
William H. G. Kingston
It is unlucky for a "best-man" to have on a black coat at a marriage; it is an omen of evil to the bride and bridegroom.
Gude keep us a frae sic a wedding as they had, replied Watty; where the deil was best-man?The Entail
- the (male) attendant of the bridegroom at a wedding
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