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Paranymph: A paranymph is a ceremonial assistant and or coach in a ceremony. In ancient Greek weddings the bride and bridegroom were attended by paranymphs, and from this use it has been generalized to refer to attendants of doctoral students, best men and bridesmaids in weddings and the like. It can refer specifically to the friend of a bridegroom tasked with accompanying him in a chariot to fetch the bride home.

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Google previewNew Dictionary Armenian-English (2009)

by Matthias Bedrossian

paranymph, match-maker; —sui, , —thuani, S. Zopusui, Flori, - 2”paintsium; ...

Google previewDictionary of Early English (1955)

by Joseph T. Shipley

paranymph. The best man or the bridesmaid at a wedding. Greek para, beside + nymphe, bride. Used from the 17th century (Milton ; Southey). THE QUARTERLY REVIEW of 1863 said of Mary Stuart: The paranymphs of the bridal were to be the fiends of war. By extension, one that woos or speaks for another ("Speak for yourself, John!"), an advocate, a spokesman.

Google previewThe English and Welch Dictionary (1737)

Or, the English Before the Welch. Containing All the Words that are Necessary to Understand Both Languages; But More Especially, for the Translation of the English Into Welch ... by John Roderick

Paranymph, Llawfor- wyn, priodferch. Parapet, Rbagfuriau \fel canllaw arymylion caerán. A Paraphrafe, Deong- liad, yfpyfiad, ...

Google previewFuldstændigt dansk og engelsk haand-lexicon (1807)

by Christian Friderick Bay

Brudestyr, Dowry, Portian, Brudesvend, the Bridelsader, Brideman, Paranymph.

Google previewThe Cyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Literature (1819)

by Abraham Rees

PAR ANY MPH, PARANYMPH us, among the ancients, the person who waited on the bride-groom, and directed the nuptial solemnities ; called also pronubus and auspex, because the ceremony begun with taking auspicia. In strictness, the paranymph, ovuo, only officiated on the part of the bride-groom ; on the part of the bride a woman officiated, who was called pronuba. The Jews had likewise a kind of paranymphs, which the Talmud and rabbins call Colo, schuschebim, ...

Google previewCyclopaedia: Or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (etc.) 5. Ed (1743)

by Ephraim Chambers

PARANYMPH, PARANYMPHus, among the ancients, the person who waited on the bride, ...

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Scrabble value of P3A1R1A1N1Y4M3P3H4

The value of this 9-letter word is 21 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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