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paranymph

[par-uh-nimf]
noun
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.

Origin:
1585–95; < Late Latin paranymphus < Greek paránymphos (masculine and feminine) groomsman, bridesmaid, literally, person beside the bride. See para-1, nymph

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paranymph (ˈpærəˌnɪmf)
 
n
archaic a bridesmaid or best man
 
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek paranumphos, from para-1 + numphē bride (literally: person beside the bride)]

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