ETYM Old Eng. bride, brid, brude, brud, burd, AS. bryd; akin to OFries. breid, OSax. brűd, Dutch bruid, Old High Germ. prűt, brűt, German braut, Icel. brűthr, Swed. and Dan. brud, Goth. brűths; cf. Armor. pried spouse, W. priawd a married person.
1. A woman participant in her own marriage ceremony.
2. A woman who has recently been married.
A woman who is engaged to be married; SYN. bride-to-be.