Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A woman newly married, or about to be married.
  • noun Fig.: An object ardently loved.
  • noun the city of Venice.
  • transitive verb obsolete To make a bride of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English brȳd.]

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From French bride ("bridle").

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From Old English brȳd, from Proto-Germanic *brūdiz. Cognate with West Frisian breid, Dutch bruid, German Braut, Swedish and Danish brud.

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