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bridal

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noun brid·al \ ˈbrī-dᵊl \

Definition of bridal

:a marriage festival or ceremony

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A secondary meaning of Old English ealu, the ancestor of Modern English ale, was “feast, banquet,” at which the drinking of ale was a prominent activity. There were a number of these feasts and banquets that survived into the 19th century, but the oldest and best-established was the bride-ale, or wedding feast, attested in Old English as brydealu. In Middle English the ale half of the word had lost its stress and was associated with the noun suffix –al (as in funeral) and the adjective suffix (as in parental). By the 18^th^ century, bridal was perceived primarily as an adjective, as it is today.

Origin and Etymology of bridal

Middle English bridale, from Old English brȳdealu, from brȳd + ealu ale — more at ale

bridal Synonyms

Synonyms
wedding, espousal, marriage, nuptial (s)
Related Words
match, matrimony, wedlock; union

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bridal

adjective

Definition of bridal

1 :of or relating to a bride or a wedding :nuptial
2 :intended for a newly married couple
  • a bridal suite

Recent Examples of bridal from the Web

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First Known Use of bridal

13th century



BRIDAL Defined for English Language Learners

bridal

adjective

Definition of bridal for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to a bride or a wedding


BRIDAL Defined for Kids

bridal

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adjective brid·al \ ˈbrī-dᵊl \

Definition of bridal for Students

:of or relating to a bride or a wedding


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