Pronunciation: (brīdz'mād"), [key]
1. a young woman who attends the bride at a wedding ceremony.
2. Informal.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.
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