[ par-uh-nimf ]
/ ˈpær əˌnɪmf /


a groomsman or a bridesmaid.
(in ancient Greece)
  1. a friend who accompanied the bridegroom when he went to bring home the bride.
  2. the bridesmaid who escorted the bride to the bridegroom.


Origin of paranymph

1585–95; < Late Latin paranymphus < Greek paránymphos (masculine and feminine) groomsman, bridesmaid, literally, person beside the bride. See para-1, nymph Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for paranymph


/ (ˈpærəˌnɪmf) /


archaic a bridesmaid or best man

Word Origin for paranymph

C16: via Late Latin from Greek paranumphos, from para- 1 + numphē bride (literally: person beside the bride)
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