[ brahydz-meyd ]


  1. a young woman who attends the bride at a wedding ceremony.
  2. Informal. a person, group, etc., that is in a secondary position, never quite attains a goal, etc.:

    Bridesmaids for 12 seasons, the Eagles finally won the championship.


/ ˈbraɪdzˌmeɪd /


  1. a girl or young unmarried woman who attends a bride at her wedding Compare matron of honour maid of honour

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bridesmaid1

First recorded in 1545–55; bride 1 + 's 1 + maid

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Example Sentences

Personally, if I were in the process of delivering a speech this abysmally pointless, I would not do so, for the same reason I would not invite Anya Taylor-Joy to be my bridesmaid.

I’ll see one of my own bridesmaids for the first time in more than a year.

From Time

From A Few Good Men and Home Alone to Bridesmaids, these flicks might not engage serious film students.

From Ozy

The Oscars also honored “Bridesmaids” with nods for best screenplay and supporting actress.

Mumolo and Wiig’s last team effort, a decade ago, was the smash hit Bridesmaids.

From Vox

I was a bridesmaid this summer for a couple that met at The Ball in 2011.

She canceled bridesmaid dress shopping and wedding cake tasting with her best friend.

And Pippa Middleton's bridesmaid dress was meant to be "insignificant."

The charges against the groom as well as against a bridesmaid were dropped.

Ron Paul, Bridesmaid Ron Paul was supposed to finally win a state last night.

The first bridesmaid then removes the left hand glove, and it is not resumed.

The smoking, roaring engine carried a large bouquet of roses on its breastplate, like a bridesmaid at some leviathan wedding.

I gave my little aid, and I am sure I have a right to be bridesmaid, as I am to be.

Kattie Forrester meant to bring down a sister with her as a bridesmaid.

When I opened the door, there was my husband holding a bouquet of roses big enough for a bridesmaid.





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