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 These look great at bridal showers, baby showers, weddings, engagement parties and any other type of party or get together. Chris Hachey, BGR, 2 June 2021 For example, hand sanitizer companies, like Noshinku and Curie, have launched customized options for weddings and bridal showers, and Etsy is a rabbit hole of personalized masks producers. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 2 June 2021 Spratt sported a tuxedo from his line, Loren Spratt, while Lee's lace bridal gown — featuring crystals and pearls — came from Eve of Milady. Dory Jackson,, 10 May 2021 Wait for the bridal shops to reopen or try to find a dress online? Eliza Huber,, 9 Feb. 2021 In addition to weddings, the facility hopes to draw from corporate events, bridal parties and baby showers. Marc Bona, cleveland, 4 June 2021 The designer is known for his bridal and couture lines, and is a popular choice for women in Lebanon and around the world. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 18 May 2021 The company makes everything from bridal wear to embroidered gowns, listing luxury brands like Givenchy, Gucci and Ralph Lauren as clients. CNN, 2 May 2021 Scroll through the best bridal-but-not looks from fall 2021 below. Emily Farra, Vogue, 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For me, that meant no bright lipstick, a flattering neckline, and yep, even a bridal ponytail. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 4 June 2021 There's nothing like going to a wedding or being in a bridal party and having no cohesive way to send photos to one another. Greta Good, Chron, 2 June 2021 Moments later, Kevin enters a bridal suite, and Madison and Beth immediately rush him out of the room. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 25 May 2021 The initial postponement, coupled with Covid worries, had reduced the guest list from 80 to 30, including the bridal party. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 11 May 2021 But just to play devil's advocate, is any part of Kate jealous of the ease with which Rebecca mothers and supports Madison in the bridal shop? Maureen Lee Lenker,, 12 May 2021 The couple were shopping for Mother’s Day and for a relative’s bridal shower, which is being held nearly a year after the wedding was postponed by COVID-19. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2021 Though not known to the masses, SUZIE TURNER is a word of mouth brand, and from London to the world, her loyal clientele employs her couture craft for their everyday, bridal, and formal wear. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Curtis Cassell aims to shake the binary stereotype within the bridal world with his label, Queera. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 7 May 2021

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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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20 Jun 2021

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“Bridal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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