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 Naomi Cambell kicked off the show’s finale string of bulging, round ball gowns, with the final model appearing to struggle at times to fit the enormous skirt of her bedazzled bridal gown through the doorways. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 6 July 2022 The bridal gown itself included subtle vertical stripes. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 17 June 2022 For her first look, Spears went with a traditional bridal gown from the Italian fashion house featuring a 10-foot-long train, a choker, and sheer fingerless gloves. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 11 June 2022 For the ceremony, Lopez wore a white, lace, off-the-shoulder Zuhair Murad bridal gown with long sleeves, a sweetheart neckline, corset bodice and fishtail train. Shafiq Najib,, 18 July 2022 For an afternoon tea bridal shower, these make the perfect favors for reminiscing on the celebration. Samantha Lawyer, Woman's Day, 11 July 2022 Back in 2004 the singer wore another timeless white bridal look while walking down the aisle with Kevin Federline. Ana Escalante, Glamour, 10 June 2022 Britney’s bridal jewelry weighed in at 62 carats from celebrity jeweler Stephanie Gottlieb. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 10 June 2022 For her bridal jewelry, America’s sweetheart joined forces with celebrity jeweler Stephanie Gottlieb on diamond earrings and bracelets totaling 62 carats, per Vogue. Ana Escalante, Glamour, 10 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There, Terschluse hosted a bridal shower for Ramirez-Thomas. Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Princess Diana at her wedding to Prince Charles in London in July 1981 Princess Diana's famous wedding gown is a true testament to bridal fashion in the early 1980s. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2022 For everything to know about bridal beauty this season—from how to keep your makeup look in place during hot summer days (and nights) to seamlessly prepping for makeup trials—Westman offers a few of her most coveted professional tips below. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Aug. 2022 From softer color schemes to sexier tops, here are the key bridal fashion trends to emerge from the event's runways. Sujata Assomull, CNN, 1 Aug. 2022 Mel then sends him off with Nate while the women finish up their bridal prep, and Jack gives in to the groom's request to do shots with him. Sara Netzley,, 20 July 2022 Your bridal shower attendees are a special group of people. Samantha Lawyer, Woman's Day, 11 July 2022 In true couture tradition, the showcase wrapped up with a bridal dress, a simple slip adorned with a delicate, beaded layer of fabric over top. Frances Solá-santiago,, 26 Jan. 2022 Allie wanted a hat to complement her bridal lunch dress, and friend Gigi Burris delivered, graciously making a version of a classic boater hat for her. Vogue, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 12 Aug. 2022.

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

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: of or relating to a bride or a wedding

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