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24 / 05 / 2006

WEDDINGS (3): meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope you are having a good week so far.

Continuing our look at weddings, today we will concentrate on nouns used to describe the people involved in a wedding.

Fiancé means the man a woman is going to marry. English has borrowed this word from French, so it follows that fiancée means the woman a man intends to marry.

NOTE: Fiancé (male) and fiancée (female) have the same pronunciation, even though they are spelled differently.

Example 1:
Speaker 1: It's very nice to see you here. May I introduce you to my fiancé, Mark Langton?
Speaker 2: It's very nice to meet you, Mark. Congratulations on the engagement.

On the day of the wedding, Bridegroom is the word used for the man getting married. It is often abbreviated as groom.

On the day of the wedding, Bride is the word used for the woman getting married.

Example 2:
Let's take a photograph of the bride and groom.

Bridesmaids are female attendants who accompany the bride.

Pageboys are young boys who accompany the bride

The best man accompanies the bridegroom, and usually keeps the wedding rings safe until they are used in the ceremony.

Example 3:
Walking slowly behind the bride, the bridesmaids carried her train (cola del vestido).

Example 4:
The pageboys were only four years old, and looked so sweet in their little suits.

Example 5:
Everybody laughed when the best man dropped the rings on the floor. 

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