Etymology
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bridegroom (n.)

"man newly married or about to be," Old English brydguma "suitor," from bryd "bride" (see bride) + guma "man," from Proto-Germanic *gumon- (source also of Old Norse gumi, Old High German gomo), literally "earthling, earthly being," as opposed to the gods, from suffixed form of PIE root *dhghem- "earth." Ending altered 16c. by folk etymology after groom (n.) "groom, boy, lad" (q.v.).

A common Germanic compound (compare Old Saxon brudigumo, Old Norse bruðgumi, Old High German brutigomo, German Bräutigam), except in Gothic, which used bruþsfaþs, literally "bride's lord."

updated on August 05, 2017

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Definitions of bridegroom from WordNet

bridegroom (n.)
a man who has recently been married;
Synonyms: groom
bridegroom (n.)
a man participant in his own marriage ceremony;
Synonyms: groom
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