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bridesmaid

[brahydz-meyd] /ˈbraɪdzˌmeɪd/
noun
1.
a young woman who attends the bride at a wedding ceremony.
2.
Informal. a person, group, etc., that is in a secondary position, never quite attains a goal, etc.:
Bridesmaids for 12 seasons, the Eagles finally won the championship.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; bride1 + 's1 + maid
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Examples from the web for bridesmaid
  • Out of the tree they carved an image, and having dressed it as a bride, they set it on a bullock-cart with a bridesmaid beside it.
  • My parents married in a ceremony full of polyester, with purple flower-print bridesmaid's dresses.
  • Vintage bridesmaid dresses can be found in resale or specialty shops.
  • He acknowledged making an inappropriate remark to a staff member after dancing with a bridesmaid at a wedding.
  • Both were gowned in cream colored net over white taffeta and their bouquets were of pink bridesmaid roses.
  • In the west parlor, at a table daintily decorated with bridesmaid roses and smilax.
  • She wore pink organdie and carried bridesmaid roses.
British Dictionary definitions for bridesmaid

bridesmaid

/ˈbraɪdzˌmeɪd/
noun
1.
a girl or young unmarried woman who attends a bride at her wedding Compare matron of honour, maid of honour
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Word Origin and History for bridesmaid
n.

1550s, bridemaid, from bride + maid. The -s- is excrescent but began to appear by 1794 and the form with it predominated by the end of the 19c.

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