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

  • n. The bridegroom's chief attendant at a wedding.

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  • n. The primary attendant to the groom in a wedding ceremony.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the only or principal groomsman at a wedding ceremony.

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

  • n. the principal groomsman at a wedding


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