Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A man on his wedding day, just before it or a short time after it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man newly married, or just about to be married.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man newly married, or about to be married.
  • n. [Perhaps in allusion to its sparkling appearance.] A local name in Banffshire, Scotland, of the gemmous dragonet, Callionymus lyra.

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

  • n. a man participant in his own marriage ceremony
  • n. a man who has recently been married

Etymologies

Alteration (influenced by groom) of Middle English bridegome, from Old English brȳdguma : brȳd, bride; see bride + guma, man.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English brȳdguma, from brȳd ("bride") + guma ("man") (Proto-Germanic *brūdigumô), influenced by groom through folk etymology. Compare Dutch bruidegom, German Bräutigam, Danish brudgom. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

    The Courage To Be Christian

  • When the governor of the feast tasted the water that was made wine, he called the bridegroom to him and said, At the beginning, every man sets out the good wine, and, when men have drunk well, then he sets out the lesser, but you have kept the good wine until now!

    All Four Gospels for Readers

  • I became known as the bridegroom who lost his bride, and between the veiled accusations and the half-covered snickers, life was pretty miserable.

    Highways in Hiding

  • In one, for example, a young bridegroom is shown getting out of bed the morning after his wedding night.

    The Art of Donald McGill

  • When the one in charge of the feast tasted the water which had become wine, he did not know where it came from (although the servants who had poured out the water knew), so he called the bridegroom and said to him, "Every one serves the good wine first, and the wine that is not so good after men have drunk freely; but you have kept the good wine until now."

    The Children's Bible

  • The bridegroom is what the world chooses to call an idle man; that is to say, he has scholarship, delicate health, and leisure.

    A Thousand Miles Up the Nile

  • Now they were as the children of the bride-chamber, when the bridegroom is with them, when they have plenty and joy, and every day is a festival.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • The royal bridegroom is a man of war, and his nuptials do not excuse him from the field of battle (as was allowed by the law, Deut.xxiv. 5); nay, they bring him to the field of battle, for he is to rescue his spouse by dint of sword out of her captivity, to conquer her, and to conquer for her, and then to marry her.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • The children of the bride-chamber will mourn when the bridegroom is taken away (Matt.ix. 15), especially for the sin which provoked him to withdraw; and, if we do so, we shall be in care to recover the sense of his favour and diligent and constant in the use of proper means in order thereunto.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • The bridegroom is a king; so much the more wonderful is his condescension in the invitations and entertainments that he gives us, and so much the greater reason have we to accept of them and to run after him.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

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