Exploring the strange and wonderful English language, one word at a time.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Bride \brahyd\ , noun;
1. A newly married woman or woman about to be married
I was a bride once.
Bride comes from Old English bryd ("bride, betrothed or newly married woman"), which derives from Proto-Germanic *bruthiz ("woman being married"). Other Indo-European words have a similar word that means "daughter-in-law" instead of "bride," but there is a good reason for that. In ancient Indo-European cultures a married woman moved into her husband's family home so the only way for a "newly wed female" to be part of the family was if she was the daughter/sister-in-law. From that it is perhaps unsurprising that this word ultimately derives from Proto-Indo-European *bru-, which means "to cook," which would have been a daughter-in-law's job.