Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • 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.

from The 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.

Etymologies

Latin paranymphus, Ancient Greek beside, near + a bride: compare French paranymphe. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And the people of the parish, who had come to hear their own minister, (a truly pious and excellent man,) were so surprised and taken with him, as if God, besides his ordinary resident (so Mr. McWard expresses it) had sent them an extraordinary ambassador to negotiate a peace between God and them, and a prompt paranymph unto, and a skilful suitor of a spouse for Jesus Christ the blessed Bridegroom, that he might present them as a chaste virgin to this divine Husband.

    The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

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