brid·​al | \ ˈbrī-dᵊl How to pronounce bridal (audio) \

Definition of bridal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a marriage festival or ceremony



Definition of bridal (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms: Noun

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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.

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Frontgate, which was listed by The Knot as one of the best bridal registries, is offering 40% off everything -- rugs, outdoor living and pet products -- and there’s a sale on dining sets through June 29. oregonlive, "Top-of-the-list gifts for newlyweds, from housewares to getaways," 28 June 2020 For her Zoom wedding, with her dress stuck in the shop for alterations, Ms Quinlan wore her mother’s bridal gown and ring. The Economist, "Essential services Covid-19 has stalled the wedding industry," 16 June 2020 Nancy Gray and her husband, Kenneth, stood guard over her mother's Chicago bridal shop for hours on Sunday, as looters took advantage of the protests related to the death of George Floyd. Fox News, "Couple guard Chicago bridal shop as surrounding stores looted," 5 June 2020 He and two of his four siblings began presenting their clothes for black student union groups on college campuses and at bridal shows, and garnered national exposure as part of a Miss Black America Pageant in 1989. Kim Severson, New York Times, "Jonathan Adewumi, Who Made Everyone Feel at Home, Dies at 57," 14 May 2020 Last month, the 1851 Center helped a Columbus bridal shop file a similar lawsuit in federal court claiming the state’s closure order violated the U.S. Constitution. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Lake County gyms, legal group file suit to force state to lift coronavirus closure order," 12 May 2020 In between, a small boat motored slowly by, its wake as white as a bridal train. The New Yorker, "at the epicenter of the pandemic.," 27 Apr. 2020 The couple is not married, PEOPLE can exclusively report, despite photos that surfaced on Sunday showing them in bridal and groom attire. Dave Quinn,, "RHOA's Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill Aren't Married Yet Despite Wedding Photos," 5 Jan. 2020 For more than a decade, Joan Pillow's eponymous bridal salon has been a go-to for locals with designer taste. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Joan Pillow announces retirement, plans to close luxury Highland Village bridal salon in January," 8 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Looking to celebrate a special occasion like a birthday or bridal shower? Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "1-800-Flowers Launches Virtual Floral Arranging Workshops," 24 June 2020 However, a third lawsuit to allow bridal shops to reopen was rejected by a federal judge. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Ohio’s coronavirus restrictions on daycares challenged in state court," 23 June 2020 Mary has a shopping moment of her own, but at a bridal boutique with Mary, Chrishell, a tardy Amanza, and one of her other friends. Jean Bentley,, "R29 Binge Club: Selling Sunset Season 2 Recap," 27 May 2020 Although the store has been closed during the statewide stay-at-home order, the staff at Rockport Bridals, 13429 Detroit Ave., Lakewood added a special touch to one of the mannequins modeling a bridal gown in the store window: a lace face mask. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Volunteers, vendors needed for 14th season of Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market: A Place in the Sun," 11 May 2020 The black and white shot shows the couple posing together in their suit and bridal gown, with Jack flashing a huge smile for the camera. Stephanie Petit,, "Princess Eugenie Shares Previously Unseen Wedding Photo for Husband Jack Brooksbank's Birthday," 4 May 2020 His business sells bridal gowns and dresses for high school proms. Angela Dewan, CNN, "Stranded lobsters and missing wedding dresses: The coronavirus is a daily reminder of China's global reach," 24 Feb. 2020 Today, Ashley Graham and Pronovias announced a collection of bridal gowns (and suits!) specifically designed with all types of women in mind. Eliza Huber,, "Ashley Graham’s Pronovias Bridal Collection Is Size-Inclusive & Gorgeous," 7 Jan. 2020 Scarpello's manager took over and asked to hear her engagement story while Fink browsed through bridal gowns. Madeline Mitchell,, "Couple is gifted $30,000 wedding one month after their 'kidney anniversary'," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bridal


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bridal


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

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“Bridal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bridal

: of or relating to a bride or a wedding


brid·​al | \ ˈbrī-dᵊl How to pronounce bridal (audio) \

Kids Definition of bridal

: of or relating to a bride or a wedding

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