Bräutigam

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German briutegome, from Old High German brūtigomo, from Proto-Germanic *brūdigumô. The modern -i- (from Middle High German -e-) is due to palatisation before -g-, which has been pronounced as a fricative in many dialects. The -a- is a northern variant first attested in Middle Low German brǖdegam and northern Middle High German brūdegame. Further cognate with Dutch bruidegom, English bridegroom, Danish brudgom.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbʁɔʏtɪɡam/
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  • Hyphenation: Bräu‧ti‧gam

Noun[edit]

Bräutigam m (genitive Bräutigams, plural Bräutigame or Bräutigams, feminine Braut)

  1. bridegroom (a man with regard to his wedding)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The normal plural is Bräutigame.
  • The plural Bräutigams is heard colloquially, chiefly in northern and central Germany (compare Dutch bruidegoms).

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