best man


the chief attendant of the bridegroom at a wedding.

Origin of best man

First recorded in 1775–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for best man

groomsman, paranymph

Examples from the Web for best man

Historical Examples of 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.


    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

    John Galt

British Dictionary definitions for best man

best man


the (male) attendant of the bridegroom at a wedding
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