1 [brahyd]
a newly married woman or a woman about to be married.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English brȳd; cognate with Dutch bruid, German Braut, Old Norse brūthr, Gothic brūths

brideless, adjective
bridelike, adjective Unabridged


2 [brahyd; French breed]
Also called bar, leg, tie. a connection consisting of a thread or a number of threads for joining various solid parts of a design in needlepoint lace.
an ornamental bonnet string.

1865–70; < French: bonnet-string, bridle, Old French < Germanic; see bridle


Saint, Brigid, Saint. Unabridged
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bride1 (braɪd)
a woman who has just been or is about to be married
[Old English brӯd; related to Old Norse brūthr, Gothic brūths daughter-in-law, Old High German brūt]

bride2 (braɪd)
lacemaking, needlework Also called: bar a thread or loop that joins parts of a pattern
[C19: from French, literally: bridle, probably of Germanic origin]

Bride (braɪd)
Saint Bride See Bridget

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Word Origin & History

O.E. bryd "bride, betrothed or newly married woman," from P.Gmc. *bruthiz "woman being married" (cf. O.Fris. breid, Du. bruid, O.H.G. brut, Ger. Braut "bride"). Goth. cognate bruþs, however, meant "daughter-in-law," and the form of the word borrowed from O.H.G. into M.L. (bruta) and O.Fr. (bruy)
only had this sense. In ancient IE custom, the married woman went to live with her husband's family, so the only "newly wed female" in such a household would be the daughter-in-law. On the same notion, some trace the word itself to the PIE verbal root *bru- "to cook, brew, make broth," as this was the daughter-in-law's job.
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Bible Dictionary

Bride definition

frequently used in the ordinary sense (Isa. 49:18; 61:10, etc.). The relation between Christ and his church is set forth under the figure of that between a bridegroom and bride (John 3:29). The church is called "the bride" (Rev. 21:9; 22:17). Compare parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt. 25:1-13).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms & Phrases


see give away (the bride).

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Example sentences for bride
Expectations exist that a bride and groom should be about the same age.
The parents of the groom will present the bride with a dress and a gold
In the west, it is now customary to present the bride with a wedding ring.
The brothers usually lift the bride, while the groom tries to place the garland
  over her.
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