- a newly married man or a man about to be married.
Origin of bridegroom
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
The bridegroom's frank and manly countenance was radiant with joy.Night and Morning, Complete
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.
The Major could only see four faces;--the faces of the bride and bridegroom, the rector, and his curate.
- a man who has just been or is about to be married
Word Origin 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."