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.
- bridegroom (a man with regard to his wedding)
- The normal plural is Bräutigame.
- The plural Bräutigams is heard colloquially, chiefly in northern and central Germany (compare Dutch bruidegoms).
- Bräutigam in Duden online