Definition of bridegroom in English:



  • A man on his wedding day or just before and after the event.

    • ‘At the feast which follows the three bridegrooms wager on whose wife is the most docile and submissive.’
    • ‘The Danaides murdered their bridegrooms on their wedding night.’
    • ‘The bridegroom invests everything he has in the wedding and invites everyone.’
    • ‘Suggesting that this is an opera about fidelity, he has made all the characters brides and bridegrooms.’
    • ‘The bridegroom and his relatives ride after her.’
    • ‘Men give money to a bridegroom on his wedding day to help him meet expenses.’
    • ‘The groom's father and the bridegroom look sheepish and shake their heads.’
    • ‘Thus before World War II bridegrooms were 27 year old on the average and brides 23.’
    • ‘Both the bridegroom and bride usually wear formal clothes for this event.’
    • ‘Despite the persistent rumours that the bridegroom was a woman in disguise, the wedding went ahead.’
    • ‘As a result, these men will become the prospective bridegrooms for ladies of the West!’
    • ‘He also plays one of the main characters: the bridegroom.’
    • ‘The bride's mom tells her she disapproves of the bridegroom and won't be attending the wedding.’
    • ‘The bridegroom is a graduate of Florida A&M University.’
    • ‘The bridegroom then speaks, thanking everyone for attending.’
    • ‘His captain was acting like a nervous bridegroom.’
    • ‘I attended a wedding in which the bridegroom made a speech so serious that I wondered if I had attended a funeral.’
    • ‘The proud bridegroom is an entrepreneur in Memphis, TN.’
    • ‘Everyone grew silent as the three bridegrooms came in the room.’
    • ‘It is bad luck if the bridegroom sees the wedding dress before the day of the wedding.’


Old English brȳdguma, from brȳd ‘bride’ + guma ‘man’. The change in the second syllable was due to association with groom.