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(Anthropology & Ethnology) 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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1. a groomsman or a bridesmaid.
2. (in ancient Greece)
a. a friend who accompanied the bridegroom when he went to bring home the bride.
b. a bridesmaid who escorted the bride to the bridegroom.
[1585–95; < Late Latin paranymphus < Greek paránymphos groomsman, bridesmaid, literally, person beside the bride. See para-1, nymph]
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the best man or maid of honor at a wedding.See also: Marriage
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