Definition of pronuba in US English:



  • 1Roman History. A woman chosen to officiate or assist at a marriage ceremony; a matron of honour.

  • 2In full "pronuba moth". Any of several small, white, North American moths of the former genus Pronuba (now Tegeticula, family Incurvariidae or Prodoxidae), which pollinate yucca plants; especially the yucca moth, T. yuccasella.


Early 16th century; earliest use found in Gavin Douglas (c1476–1522), poet and bishop of Dunkeld. From classical Latin prōnuba woman who attended a bride from prō- + the stem of nūbere to marry.