I have difficulty believing a bride can be a woman about to be married -- unless perhaps she's walking down the aisle when she is so referred to. In my neck of the woods, a woman who is engaged to be married is a bride-to-be.panjandrum said:A bride is a woman who is about to be married, is being married, or has recently been married.
What she may have been before this is not relevant.
I think this is splitting hairs a bit.abenr said:a woman who is engaged to be married is a bride-to-be.
Thanks for the welcome!GenJen54 said:I think this is splitting hairs a bit.
During that engagement period, when the young woman is in the throes of selecting dress, veil, shoes, flowers, invitations, etc. and being showered upon by all of her friends and family, I would say she is very much the bride, and can be feted as such.
In today's times, I think the two are interchangeable.
For a point of reference, the WR dictionaries do state that a bride-to-be is a "woman engaged to be married." That's not necessarily reflective of exact modern usage, which tends to "shorten" things as much as possible.
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And now thanks to civil partnerships you can have gay brides and gay gay bridesabenr said:Thanks for the welcome!
I'm not only old, I'm an old-fashioned guy. I don't like word distinctions to be lost because of "modern usage." We lose too many this way. The first that pops into my head just now is "gay." We can no longer use it to mean joyful -- not without a smirk from someone.
Ah, I didn't realise it had a literal element, thanks for the info.maxiogee said:Buddy Holly married married Maria Elena Santiago on August 15, 1958
and he died on February 3, 1959 - that's not even six months, so I think the Bride title is fitting.
I think GJ54 is right here.GenJen54 said:It can be either way.
An alternate definition from another dictionary also includes: a woman who is about to be married.
The WR dictionary also gives A woman participant in her own marriage ceremony.