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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bridesmaid an unmarried woman who attends the bride at a wedding
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average number of bridesmaids at a wedding is four
    • n Bridesmaid A female friend who attends on a bride at her wedding.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The phrase "Often a bridesmaid, but never a bride," actually originates from an advertisement for Listerine mouthwash from 1924
    • n bridesmaid A young girl or an unmarried woman who attends on a bride at her marriage during the ceremony.
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Always a bridesmaid, never a bride - If someone is always a bridesmaid, never a bride, they never manage to fulfill their ambition- they get close, but never manage the recognition, etc, they crave.


In literature:

No bridesmaids were needed, the bride 'answering' for several.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3, No. 1 January 1863" by Various
Kattie Forrester meant to bring down a sister with her as a bridesmaid.
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope
I failed to discover any rule about a cortege of bridesmaids, if there is such a rule it is probably elastic.
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones
Lucy would have her for bridesmaid; and Frederic made her choose who should be bridesman.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
A marriage without bridesmaids is nearly illegal.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, August 13, 1887" by Various
I'm going to show Daisy our bridesmaids' dresses.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
Miss Sally was to be married early in April, and the Happy Hexagons were to be bridesmaids.
"The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch" by Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
Two of those same girls had been her bridesmaids.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
Helen and Mina Lincarrol were the bridesmaids they also wore white.
"Daisy Ashford: Her Book" by Daisy Ashford
Estelle listened thoughtfully for a few minutes, then she asked him if he didn't think eight bridesmaids would be better than four?
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
The ushers and bridesmaids are scattered about the room.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
Whence has come to us the bridesmaid, Whence was she, the happiest, chosen?
"Kalevala, Volume I (of 2)" by Anonymous
She has gone to New York to be a bridesmaid.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
There can be no bridesmaids, strictly speaking; but a widow may be accompanied to the altar by a bevy of Maids of Honour.
"The Big Drum" by Arthur Pinero
Had there been no such excuse, she would have been forced to act a bridesmaid's part.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
I'll do my hair down and weah short skirts as long as you want me to, but, oh, I'm so glad that I'm going to be a bridesmaid!
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
I shall ask them to be my bridesmaids!
"The Mistress of Shenstone" by Florence L. Barclay
Perhaps Lady Mabel will ask me to be one of her bridesmaids.
"Vixen, Volume I." by M. E. Braddon
She must have a new dress for the wedding, you know; though she cannot be a bridesmaid.
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon
And what do you want with bridesmaids and so forth?
"The Marriage of Elinor" by Margaret Oliphant

In poetry:

She, who is the Nile's devoted,
Courted with a watery smile;
Her betrothal duly noted
By the bridesmaid Crocodile!
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
The third town they came to
The bridesmaids all had gowns of gold;
He clothed her on with purple,
A rich thing to behold.
"May Janet" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
We'd a military wedding in Shoreditch
Walking under the sword and lance
Two bridesmaids held up Tallulah's train
And two safety pins held up my pants
"The Infernal Triangle" by Billy Bennett
The bridesmaids’ dresses had gone astray
So they had only half their clothes on
And a cabby who’d dared to ask for his fare
Had only got half his nose on.
"The Wedding That Never Was" by Billy Bennett
The bridegroom, p'raps, was terrified,
And also possibly the bride -
The bridesmaids WERE affrighted;
But ANGELINA, noble soul,
Contrived her feelings to control,
And really seemed delighted.
"The Sensation Captain" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

'Bridesmaids' star lands lead in Tyler Perry film.
"Bridesmaids" star Wendi McLendon- Covey has landed the first of four female leads in Tyler Perry's next movie "Single Mom's Club," which will be distributed by Lionsgate.
It takes planning and cunning (plus you have to be a real [email protected]) to cull a bridesmaid from the herd.
"Bridesmaids" remains a strong hold and new release "Friends With Benefits" cracks the top 10.
Demanding Bride's Bridesmaid Email Goes Viral.
Being a bridesmaid isn't just fun and games and matching dresses.
Solutions for bridesmaids in despair .
Kristen Wiig might get to be a bridesmaid again.
Her cute Irish co-star Chris O' Dowd, who played the policeman she eventually fell for in the blockbuster hit Bridesmaids, proposed to his girlfriend over the holidays.
Claire Gross, former associate editor for The Horn Book Magazine, current PhD candidate at the University of Illinois, herself a bride-to-be, is also a bridesmaid at the prince of England's wedding.
Kristin reunites with her Bridesmaids costar on SNL.
"You know her," Debbie Harry croons in the song that plays over the opening credits to Bridesmaids.
The rise of raunchy, female-centric sex comedies ( Bridesmaids, "Whitney," "2 Broke Girls," "Girls") continues.
She's best known as the bubbly star of Bridesmaids, but Melissa McCarthy is revealing her hidden dark side to Anderson Cooper, and has a sneak peak of the upcoming episode.
The hairstyle she has in this photo is an option for brides and bridesmaids.