Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman who is about to be married or has recently been married.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman who is going to marry or who has just been married.
  • v. To make a bride of.
  • n. An individual loop or other device connecting the patterns in lacework.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman newly married, or about to be married.
  • n. Fig.: An object ardently loved.
  • transitive v. To make a bride of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a bride of; marry.
  • To act like a bride; assume the air of a bride.
  • n. A woman newly married, or about to be married.
  • n. A name of the American wood or summer duck, Aix sponsa.
  • n. A bridle.
  • n. In needlework, lacemaking, etc., a loop, link, or tie.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woman who has recently been married
  • n. Irish abbess; a patron saint of Ireland (453-523)
  • n. a woman participant in her own marriage ceremony

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English brȳd.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English brȳd, from Proto-Germanic *brūdiz. Cognate with West Frisian breid, Dutch bruid, German Braut, Swedish and Danish brud. (Wiktionary)
From French bride ("bridle"). (Wiktionary)

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