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Definition of Groom

(noun) A man about to be married or who is recently married.

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Groom Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: groom

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /grOOm/
  • British English – /grOOm/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ɡrum/
  • British English – /ɡruːm/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: grooms
  • A gender-neutral term for bride or groom is partner.
  • In contrast, a recently married or soon to be married woman is called a bride.

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Cite the Definition of Groom

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “groom.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 31, 2020 (http://sociologydictionary.org/groom/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

groom. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/groom/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “groom.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 31, 2020. http://sociologydictionary.org/groom/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“groom.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 31 May. 2020. <http://sociologydictionary.org/groom/>.