A man on his wedding day, just before it or a short time after it.
Other Word Forms of Bridegroom
Origin of Bridegroom
From Old English brȳdguma, from brȳd (“bride”) + guma (“man”) (Proto-Germanic *brūdigumô), influenced by groom through folk etymology; equivalent to bride + goom. Compare Dutch bruidegom, German Bräutigam, Danish brudgom.
Alteration (influenced by groom) of Middle English bridegome from Old English brȳdguma brȳd bride guma man dhghem- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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