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nuptial

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adjective nup·tial \ˈnəp-shəl, -chəl, ÷-shə-wəl, ÷-chə-wəl\

Simple Definition of nuptial

  • : of or relating to marriage or a wedding ceremony

Full Definition of nuptial

  1. 1 :  of or relating to marriage or the marriage ceremony

  2. 2 :  characteristic of or occurring in the breeding season <nuptial flight>

Examples of nuptial

  1. <newlyweds still in a state of nuptial bliss>



Origin of nuptial

Latin nuptialis, from nuptiae, plural, wedding, from nubere to marry; perhaps akin to Greek nymphē bride, nymph


First Known Use: 15th century


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nuptial

noun nup·tial

Definition of nuptial

  1. :  marriage, wedding —usually used in plural



Examples of nuptial

  1. <their nuptials will take place at the university chapel>



Circa 1555

First Known Use of nuptial

circa 1555


NUPTIAL Defined for Kids

nuptial

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adjective nup·tial \ˈnəp-shəl\

Definition of nuptial

  1. :  of or relating to marriage or a wedding <nuptial vows>





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