best man


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Groomsman \Grooms"man\, n.; pl. Groomsmen.
   A male attendant of a bridegroom at his wedding; -- the chief
   attendant is also called the best man; -- the correlative
   of bridesmaid.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Best \Best\ (b[e^]st), a.; superl. of Good. [AS. besta, best,
   contr. from betest, betst, betsta; akin to Goth. batists,
   OHG. pezzisto, G. best, beste, D. best, Icel. beztr, Dan.
   best, Sw. b[aum]st. This word has no connection in origin
   with good. See Better.]
   1. Having good qualities in the highest degree; most good,
      kind, desirable, suitable, etc.; most excellent; as, the
      best man; the best road; the best cloth; the best
      abilities.
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            When he is best, he is a little worse than a man.
                                                  --Shak.
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            Heaven's last, best gift, my ever new delight.
                                                  --Milton.
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   2. Most advanced; most correct or complete; as, the best
      scholar; the best view of a subject.
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   3. Most; largest; as, the best part of a week.
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   Best man, the only or principal groomsman at a wedding
      ceremony.
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