Definition of bridesmaid noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbraɪdzmeɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbraɪdzmeɪd//
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a young woman or girl who helps a bride before and during the marriage ceremony Jo asked her sister to be (a) bridesmaid. compare best man, pageboy See related entries: Marriage Word Origin late 18th cent.: alteration of earlier bridemaid.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bridesmaid