[brahyd-groom, -groo m]


a newly married man or a man about to be married.

Origin of bridegroom

before 1000; late Middle English (Scots) brydgrome, alteration of Middle English bridegome, Old English brȳdguma (brȳd bride1 + guma man, cognate with Latin homō), with final element conformed to groom Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bridegroom

groom, helpmate, mate, spouse, husband, benedict, newlywed

Examples from the Web for bridegroom

Historical Examples of bridegroom

  • The bridegroom regarded her with a face that was luminous of delight.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The bridegroom's frank and manly countenance was radiant with joy.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Is he not attired as becometh the bridegroom of the harlot of Rome?

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • They rested now upon the bride, now upon the bridegroom, now upon the faces of the rector and his curate.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • The Major could only see four faces;--the faces of the bride and bridegroom, the rector, and his curate.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

British Dictionary definitions for bridegroom



a man who has just been or is about to be married

Word Origin for bridegroom

C14: changed (through influence of groom) from Old English brӯdguma, from brӯd bride 1 + guma man; related to Old Norse brūthgumi, Old High German brūtigomo
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Word Origin and History for bridegroom

Old English brydguma "suitor," from bryd "bride" (see bride) + guma "man" (cf. Old Norse gumi, Old High German gomo, cognate with Latin homo "man;" see homunculus). Ending altered 16c. by folk etymology after groom (n.) "groom, boy, lad" (q.v.).

Common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon brudigumo, Old Norse bruðgumi, Old High German brutigomo, German Bräutigam), except in Gothic, which used bruþsfaþs, literally "bride's lord."

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