Meaning of bridesmaid

brides•maid

Pronunciation: (brīdz'mād"), [key]
— n.
  1. a young woman who attends the bride at a wedding ceremony.
  2. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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