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Paranymph


Paranymph​

(Paranymph)

Noun:

-A bridesmaid or best man.

-A friend who accompanied the bridegroom when he went to bring home the bride.

-The bridesmaid who escorted the bride to the bridegroom.From 1585-95;

Late Latin paranymphus - Greek paránymphos (masculine and feminine) groomsman, bridesmaid, literally, person beside the bride.

Used in a sentence:

"The dress she'd chosen for her paranymph was so gaudy, the poor lass looked like a flamfoo!"

A paranymph is the Best Man, a Groomsman or a Bridesmaid at a wedding. This title originated in ancient Greece as a friend who accompanied the bridegroom when he went to bring home the bride. A very high honor indeed! There are many wedding traditions that have developed over the millennia, some of which are perhaps a bit strange (shoving cake in the face of your beloved...?!), but the paranymph still stands right there with the bride and groom!

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