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bridal

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noun brid·al \ˈbrī-dəl\

Definition of bridal

  1. :  a marriage festival or ceremony

Did You Know?

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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bridal

adjective brid·al

Definition of bridal

  1. 1 :  of or relating to a bride or a wedding :  nuptial

  2. 2 :  intended for a newly married couple a bridal suite

13th Century

First Known Use of bridal

13th century



BRIDAL Defined for English Language Learners

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bridal

adjective brid·al

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

  1. :  of or relating to a bride or a wedding



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