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paranymph

[par-uh-nimf]
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noun
  1. a groomsman or a bridesmaid.
  2. (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.
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Origin of paranymph

1585–95; < Late Latin paranymphus < Greek paránymphos (masculine and feminine) groomsman, bridesmaid, literally, person beside the bride. See para-1, nymph
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  • These crowds you complain of are evidence that I have not discharged the function of paranymph in vain.

    The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St. John, Vol. I

    Marcus Dods


British Dictionary definitions for paranymph

paranymph

noun
  1. archaic a bridesmaid or best man
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Word Origin

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