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1. A woman newly married, or about to be married. Has by his own experience tried How much the wife is dearer than the bride. (Lyttleton) I will show thee the bride, the lambs wife. (rev. Xxi. 9)

2. An object ardently loved. Bride of the sea, the city of Venice.

Origin: oe. Bride, brid, brude, brud, burd, as. Brd; akin to OFries. Breid, OSax. Brd, D. Bruid, OHG. Prt, brt, g. Braut, Icel. Brr, Sw. & dan. Brud, goth. Br33s; cf. Armor. Pried spouse, W. Priawd a married person.