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brid·​al ˈbrī-dᵊl How to pronounce bridal (audio)
: a marriage festival or ceremony


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

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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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The rapper contrasted her bridal white with an all-black ensemble comprised of a pleated double-breasted jacket, leather gloves, sunglasses, and Prada loafers. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 2 Feb. 2024 In 2021, Anne Hathaway married her husband, Adam Shulman, wearing a bespoke Valentino bridal gown. Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 4 Dec. 2023 Without further ado, find Vogue’s pick of the best bridal looks from the spring 2024 couture shows in Paris, below—and don’t forget to follow the Vogue Weddings Pinterest to see all of the best bridal inspiration from the runway. Taylor Anderson, Vogue, 26 Jan. 2024 Greek bridal couples also ate cheesecake at their weddings. Lisa Waterman Gray, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 From her first film, Selena, in 1997 to her most recent flick, Shotgun Wedding, in 2022, the superstar, 54, has an array of bridal looks ranging including everything from a simple lace look to an elaborate ball gown. Andrea Lavinthal, Peoplemag, 14 Jan. 2024 According to The Court Jeweller, Princess Alexandra completed her bridal look with the Chaumet Choker Tiara — a unique piece that can be worn as a necklace or a headpiece. Peter Mikelbank, Peoplemag, 18 Dec. 2023 The couple celebrated their nuptials in an epic, four-day event that included not one, but two wedding ceremonies and a staggering 10 different bridal looks for Ogwumike. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 Bella Swan’s Wedding Shoes White satin heels, a long veil and a bejeweled hair comb completed Bella’s non-nightmare bridal look. Hannah Kerns, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2023
The Chicago Med alum, 39, dazzled in a recent bridal photoshoot for the cover and main feature of the story of Sophisticated Weddings, which hits the stands mid-March. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 Founder Sarah Brennan Hughes tapped into this specific market with the launch of the bridal resale platform Rowely. Shelby Wax, Vogue, 7 Feb. 2024 In the 1950s, common bridal registry gifts included crystal glasses, elegant dinnerware and maybe an iron or electric skillet. Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 As Vogue’s Elise Taylor reported last year, the naked wedding dress continues to be a recurring theme within the bridal space. Taylor Anderson, Vogue, 26 Jan. 2024 Major cities are replete with bridal boutiques, and buying the bridal gown is often considered one of the first steps in the wedding planning process. Sadiba Hasan, New York Times, 20 Jan. 2024 In May 2023, PEOPLE reported a similar case when a New Jersey bridal store owner was arrested after multiple customers allegedly paid for wedding dresses but never received them. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 19 Jan. 2024 Primary merchants in Olympia Place include Century Theaters; Planet Fitness; Fleming’s Steak House; Starbucks; Kacha Thai Bistro; Taqueria Extra; Title Nine, a women’s clothing store; Kinsley James, a bridal shop; and C6 Performance, an auto parts store. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 10 Jan. 2024 Anisha sported her first bridal look, shared on Instagram by designer Teh Firdaus with photos by Muash Rosman. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 14 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bridal was before the 12th century

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“Bridal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
brid·​al ˈbrīd-ᵊl How to pronounce bridal (audio)


2 of 2 adjective
: of or relating to a bride or a wedding

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