bridegroom

[ brahyd-groom, -groo m ]
/ ˈbraɪdˌgrum, -ˌgrʊm /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. bridally,
  2. bridalveil,
  3. bride,
  4. bride price,
  5. bride, saint,
  6. bridesmaid,
  7. bridewell,
  8. bridey,
  9. bridezilla,
  10. bridge

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

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British Dictionary definitions for bridegroom

bridegroom

/ (ˈbraɪdˌɡruːm, -ˌɡrʊm) /

noun

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

bridegroom

n.

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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