bridesmaid etymology

English word bridesmaid comes from English maid, English bride, English -s-

Detailed word origin of bridesmaid

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
maid English (eng) (archaic) A virgin, now female but originally one of either gender.. (dated, or, poetic) A girl or an unmarried young woman; maiden.. A female servant or cleaner (short for maidservant).
bride English (eng) (obsolete) To make a bride of. An individual loop or other device connecting the patterns in lacework. (obsolete, figurative) An object ardently loved.. A woman in the context of her own wedding; one who is going to marry or has just been married.
-s- English (eng) Genitival interfix used to link elements in some compounds, equivalent to the possessive clitic -'s.
bridesmaid English (eng) To act as a bridesmaid for; to attend a bride during her wedding ceremony. (sports, entertainment) A person or team who perennially finishes well, but never first.. A woman who attends a bride during her wedding ceremony, as part of the main wedding party.

Words with the same origin as bridesmaid

Descendants of maid
Descendants of -s-