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[brahyd-groom, -groo m] /ˈbraɪdˌgrum, -ˌgrʊm/
a newly married man or a man about to be married.
Origin of bridegroom
late Middle English
before 1000; late Middle English (Scots) brydgrome, alteration of Middle English bridegome, Old English brȳdguma (brȳd bride1 + guma man, cognate with Latin homō), with final element conformed to groom Unabridged
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  • The bridegroom also received a master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science there.
  • The bride was receiving her bachelor's degree and the bridegroom a master's in teaching.
  • People who had come for a wedding were trapped in the building, but the bridegroom managed to escape.
  • The bridegroom usually gave them money to go to the nearest tavern for refreshments.
  • Both the bride and bridegroom are graduates of the university.
  • She also wore a diamond crescent pin, the gift of the bridegroom.
  • Her only jewel was the ni ft of tho bridegroom, a glorious diamond pend ant.
British Dictionary definitions for bridegroom


/ˈbraɪdˌɡruːm; -ˌɡrʊm/
a man who has just been or is about to be married
Word Origin
C14: changed (through influence of groom) from Old English brӯdguma, from brӯdbride1 + guma man; related to Old Norse brūthgumi, Old High German brūtigomo
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Word Origin and History for bridegroom

Old English brydguma "suitor," from bryd "bride" (see bride) + guma "man" (cf. Old Norse gumi, Old High German gomo, cognate with Latin homo "man;" see homunculus). Ending altered 16c. by folk etymology after groom (n.) "groom, boy, lad" (q.v.).

Common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon brudigumo, Old Norse bruðgumi, Old High German brutigomo, German Bräutigam), except in Gothic, which used bruþsfaþs, literally "bride's lord."

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