Any woman near or on her wedding day.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BRIDE, BRIDEGROOM. The bride is a translation of Heb. kallâh and Gr. nymphē, referring to a betrothed or recently wedded woman (Isa 61:10; 62:5; Jer 7:34; Jn 3:29). The same Heb. word is translated “spouse” in Song 4:8–5:1. The most important usage is with reference to the Church as the Bride of Christ
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
BRIDE, BRIDEGROOM. These two words are quite naturally complementary to each other (Jn. 3:29a) and are found side by side in Is. 62:5; Je. 7:34; 16:9; 25:10; 33:11; Rev. 18:23. ‘The voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride’ in these references is parallel with ‘the voice of mirth and gladness’,
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Bride, bridegroomThe word bride (Gk nymphē) occurs three times in the Gospels, or four if the variant reading of Matthew 25:1 is accepted, and bridegroom (Gk nymphios) occurs eleven times. Both words occur elsewhere in the NT only in Revelation; nymphē four times (Rev 18:23; 21:2, 9; 22:17) and nymphios
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Bride—frequently used in the ordinary sense (Isa. 49:18; 61:10, etc.). The relation between Christ and his church is set forth under the figure of that between a bridegroom and bride (John 3:29). The church is called “the bride” (Rev. 21:9; 22:17). Compare parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt. 25:1–13).
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BRIDE — a woman who has recently been married or is about to be married. In biblical times, it was customary for fathers to select wives for their sons (Gen. 38:6). Occasionally, a son might express his preference for a bride to his father, and his father would negotiate with the parents or guardians
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Bride, BridegroomIdeally both the bride and bridegroom are symbols of the joyful anticipation of becoming one, the final physical act of union. This God-ordained delight in creativity is reflected in the participants, blessed by this opportunity that brings immediate joy and future bliss. These are