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a young woman who attends the bride at a wedding ceremony.
Informal. a person, group, etc., that is in a secondary position, never quite attains a goal, etc.:
Bridesmaids for 12 seasons, the Eagles finally won the championship.
Contemporary Examples

Anthony Weiner Has Some Competition Michael Daly August 3, 2013
Super Tuesday Surprises: Catholics for Romney, Women for Santorum, and More Ben Jacobs March 6, 2012
Beyonce Named Most Powerful Celebrity; Kanye West is Back at A.P.C. The Fashion Beast Team June 30, 2014
The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots Emily Shire December 25, 2014

Historical Examples

By Birth a Lady George Manville Fenn
Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Talbot’s Angles Amy E. Blanchard
Graham’s Magazine Vol. XXXII No. 2. February 1848 Various
Wappin’ Wharf Charles S. Brooks
Marion’s Faith. Charles King

a girl or young unmarried woman who attends a bride at her wedding Compare matron of honour, maid of honour


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