Paranymph

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Paranymph (Gr. Antiq) A friend of the bridegroom who went with him in his chariot to fetch home the bride.
    • Paranymph An ally; a supporter or abettor.
    • Paranymph (Gr. Antiq) The bridesmaid who conducted the bride to the bridegroom.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n paranymph In ancient Greece, a bridesman or bridesmaid; specifically, the particular friend who accompanied the bridegroom when he brought home his bride.
    • n paranymph One who gives countenance and support to another.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Paranymph par′a-nimf a friend of the bridegroom who escorted the bride on the way to her marriage: a bride's-man: one who countenances and supports another.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. paranymphus, Gr. ; para` beside, near + a bride: cf. F. paranymphe,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. para, beside, nymphē, a bride.

Usage

In poetry:

I saw him at the altar
Upon a morning fair
The matron and the maiden,
And paranymph were there
"First Love" by Nora Pembroke