A bride is a woman about to be married or newlywed.
The word may come from the Proto-Germanic verb root *brū-, meaning 'to cook, brew, or make a broth' which was the role of the daughter-in-law in primitive families. In Western culture, a bride may be attended by one or more bridesmaids.
Her partner, who becomes her spouse after the wedding, is referred to as the bridegroom (or groom).
Famous quotes containing the word bride:
“Literature transforms and intensifies ordinary language, deviates systematically from everyday speech. If you approach me at a bus stop and murmur Thou still unravished bride of quietness, then I am instantly aware that I am in the presence of the literary.”
—Terry Eagleton (b. 1943)
“That is ever the way. Tis all jealousy to the bride and good wishes to the corpse.”
—J.M. (James Matthew)
“Maud Muller looked and sighed: Ah me!
That I the Judges bride might be!
He would dress me up in silks so fine,
And praise and toast me at his wine.
My father should wear a broadcloth coat,
My brother should sail a painted boat.”
—John Greenleaf Whittier (18071892)