brid·al | \ˈbrī-dᵊl \

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 for bridal

Synonyms: Noun

espousal, marriage, nuptial(s), wedding

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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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Watch the new video, below, for Cardi’s over-the-top bridal looks, which are the perfect antidote to all of the prim pomp and circumstance from the weekend. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "After the Royal Wedding, Cardi B Has an Unexpected Bridal Moment of Her Own," 21 May 2018 With its many tiers, and its wispy fabric, Jenner's look bordered on bridal, but the risqué, naked element of the dress was in keeping with the model's style. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Gets Naked for a Second Time at Cannes," 12 May 2018 Even with her uses of bridal white (or lack there of), Wang is happy to take risks–but the brands use of color for bridal is not unique to this season. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Vera Wang Talks Bridal Risk-Taking, Bold Color and Her New Spring 2019 Collection," 13 Apr. 2018 Now, for a whole host of reasons, Findikoglu is launching a new, equally wow-worthy venture: bridal. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Dilara Findikoglu Is Launching the Most Inclusive Fantastical Collection of Wedding Attire," 20 June 2018 So how does her glittering headpiece compare to the pantheon of royal bridal tiaras? Brittany Talarico,, "The Meaning Behind Meghan Markle's Wedding Tiara: How It Pays Tribute to Her New Royal Family," 19 May 2018 The newlyweds' wedding story was sweetly unconventional, from Bear-McClard's proposal with a paper clip (yes, really) to Ratajkowski's mustard yellow bridal look. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski Shuts Down Critics Who Say Her Marriage Won't Last," 11 May 2018 Meghan styled the diamond tiara featuring with a chic bridal updo and cathedral length veil and a custom Givenchy dress featuring long-sleeves and a statement train. Brittany Talarico,, "The Meaning Behind Meghan Markle's Wedding Tiara: How It Pays Tribute to Her New Royal Family," 19 May 2018 The outdoor wedding, stuff of girlhood fantasy and bridal-magazine photography, has long been off-limits to most Catholics. Julie Zauzmer,, "Catholics can get married outdoors in two places: In Montana, and now in Baltimore," 16 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Meghan’s bridal look was essentially her everyday look, just more refined. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The long-term influence of Meghan Markle’s royal wedding makeup," 21 May 2018 Public Landing also hosts approximately 50 weddings a year, with a private bridal suite above the restaurant. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Public Landing in Lockport," 8 July 2018 Pippa married millionaire financier James Matthews in May 2017 in a lavish, semi-royal wedding that featured her royal nephew and niece, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as part of the bridal party. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Pregnant Pippa Middleton looks summery in frilly frock at Wimbledon," 5 July 2018 Julie Centofanti, bridal manager at Allegria Bridal in Belmont, said most women require two to three fittings leading up to the big day. Alison Goldman,, "I’m about to fly 1,000 miles with my wedding dress," 10 July 2018 From bridal and baby showers to movie nights and playoff gatherings, Zodiac's patio has established itself as a popular stop in downtown Crown Town. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Zodiac Lounge in Crown Point," 6 July 2018 The Internet superstore recently added a bridal shop, a pretty fantastic plant shop, and some high-quality groceries after joining forces with Whole Foods. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "How to Shop Amazon Prime Day's Best Deals for 2018," 3 July 2018 Spizzirri said the academy also has a banquet license so customers can rent space for corporate or team-building events, bridal or baby showers, or private parties. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Chefs on a mission to make Lisle 'the mecca of the pizza world' with new academy," 23 June 2018 And, while the girls weren’t dealing with an endless barrage of engagement 'grams and Facebook announcements, their worst bridal blunders did teach us timeless lessons on how to deal., "Sex And The City," 6 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bridal

: of or relating to a bride or a wedding


brid·al | \ˈbrī-dᵊl \

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: of or relating to a bride or a wedding

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