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maid of honor

noun
  1. an unmarried woman who is the chief attendant of a bride.Compare matron of honor.
  2. an unmarried woman, usually of noble birth, attendant on a queen or princess.
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Origin of maid of honor

First recorded in 1580–90
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • Surprised at your emotion, I permitted myself to speak of my maid-of-honor.

    The Usurper

    Judith Gautier

  • If one of my plain calling may be said To know a maid-of-honor.

  • "It is for your Majesty to command silence or speech," the Cyprian maid-of-honor said tentatively, as Caterina still held silence.

    The Royal Pawn of Venice

    Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull

  • But all this time, the inflammable Victor was indulging a kind of tenderness for Joachime, maid-of-honor and attractive female.

  • At the right of the groom sat Anne, Fanny's sister, who was maid-of-honor; and next to her sat the clergyman.