paranymph

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French paranymphe, from Latin paranymphus, from Ancient Greek παράνυμφος (paránumphos, friend of bridegroom), from παρα- (para-, para-) + νύμφη (númphē, bride).

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Noun[edit]

paranymph (plural paranymphs)

  1. (now rare) A friend of the bridegroom, a best man; a bridesmaid. [from 16th c.]
    • Milton
      Thy paranymph, worthless to thee compar'd
  2. (now rare) An ally or spokesman; someone who speaks in support of someone else. [from 16th c.]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jeremy Taylor to this entry?)