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Monday, June 13, 2016

Definitions for paranymph

  1. a groomsman or a bridesmaid.
  2. a. a friend who accompanied the bridegroom when he went to bring home the bride. b. the bridesmaid who escorted the bride to the bridegroom.

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Citations for paranymph
The bridegroom is shaved by his paranymph or groom's man, in a very grave and dignified manner, in the presence of all the young ladies invited. Elizabeth Gaskell, "Modern Greek Songs," Household Words, February 25, 1854
The marriage itself was orthodox in all ways--though so far unusual that it was held at night, and in darkness, save for the lights appointed by the ritual. As to that, the Archbishop himself, or the Archimandrite of Spazac, who assisted him, or the Vladika, who acted as Paranymph, will, all or any of them, give you full details. Bram Stoker, The Lady of the Shroud, 1909
Origin of paranymph
Paranymph can be traced to the Greek paránymphos meaning literally "person beside the bride." It entered English in the mid-1500s.
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