Pronunciation: (par'u-nimf"), [key]
1. a groomsman or a bridesmaid.
2. (in ancient Greece)
a. a friend who accompanied the bridegroom when he went to bring home the bride.
b. the bridesmaid who escorted the bride to the bridegroom.
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