- The definition of a bridegroom is a man who is about to get married, or who is recently married.
A man on his wedding day who has just said "I do," to his new wife is an example of a bridegroom.
A bridegroom being embraced by his bride.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English bridegome ; from Old English brydguma, suitor ; from bryd, bride plush guma (akin to Classical Latin homo), man; altered by folk etymology after groom
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Origin: Alteration (influenced by groom) of Middle English bridegome, from Old English brȳdguma : brȳd, bride; see bride + guma, man; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.