One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An advocate; a spokesperson or orator who speaks on behalf of someone else. Now historical and rare.
Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). From Middle French, French paranymphe and its etymons post-classical Latin paranymphus male wedding attendant, best man and paranympha bridesmaid from ancient Greek παράνυμϕος (masculine noun) friend of the bridegroom, best man, in Byzantine Greek also (feminine noun) bridesmaid from παρα- + νύμϕη bride.
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