Meaning of paranymph

par•a•nymph

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