Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ancient Greece, a bridesman or bridesmaid; specifically, the particular friend who accompanied the bridegroom when he brought home his bride.
- n. One who gives countenance and support to another.
- n. historical, Ancient Greece A friend of the bridegroom who went with him in his chariot to fetch home the bride.
- n. historical, Ancient Greece The bridesmaid who conducted the bride to the bridegroom.
- n. figuratively An ally; a supporter or abettor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A friend of the bridegroom who went with him in his chariot to fetch home the bride.
- n. The bridesmaid who conducted the bride to the bridegroom.
- n. An ally; a supporter or abettor.
- Latin paranymphus, Ancient Greek beside, near + a bride: compare French paranymphe. (Wiktionary)
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