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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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  • In the midst of it all, the bridegroom was the person to whom the least attention was paid.

  • The bridegroom regarded her with a face that was luminous of delight.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • After a long silence, the bridegroom was the first to start a new subject.

    After Dark Wilkie Collins
  • They rested now upon the bride, now upon the bridegroom, now upon the faces of the rector and his curate.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • The bride, bridegroom, and the bride's father shall drive with me.

    The Sign Of The Red Cross Evelyn Everett-Green
  • The bridegroom, however, serves his wife's mother, and he lives with her people.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • There were two companies—the bride's party and the bridegroom's party.

    Folk Lore James Napier
  • Tribal custom requires the bridegroom to reside with the wife's family.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • On the wedding day, the bride and bridegroom are seated on two planks placed on the dais.

  • They were married by an aged clergyman, a relative of the bridegroom.

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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