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 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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Given the made-to-order model of the by-appointment bridal salon experience, one size (unfortunately) is intended to fit all. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Bridal Salons to Custom Gowns, Here's Where Size Inclusivity Stands in the Bridal Industry," 19 Apr. 2019 And with designers embracing and expanding their collections to suit more brides, there's never been a better time to shop for a wide range of styles (and sizes) in bridal. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Bridal Salons to Custom Gowns, Here's Where Size Inclusivity Stands in the Bridal Industry," 19 Apr. 2019 Headbands Are the New Veil The trend for major headbands in bridal is two-fold: For starters, Meghan Markle’s antique diamond tiara was essentially an ultra-luxe headband, and the accessory is trending in ready-to-wear thanks to Miuccia Prada. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The 8 Major Trends of the Spring 2020 Bridal Season," 17 Apr. 2019 Maria works at a local bridal shop and is best friends with Anita and the Sharks. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About the "West Side Story" Remake," 17 Apr. 2019 Last month, Selena threw Country a gorgeous pool-side bridal shower in Los Angeles, complete with champagne, baked treats, and plenty Insta-worthy best friend moments from the party. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Celebrates Her BFF's Bachelorette Party in Cabo San Lucas," 13 Feb. 2019 Things really began when Priyanka hosted her own bridal shower at Tiffany & Co in New York in October, swiftly followed by a bachelorette trip to Amsterdam, and some casual bridal party shopping in Paris. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Have Joined Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas in India for Pre-Wedding Celebrations," 27 Nov. 2018 While eveningwear, grand gowns, custom bridal, and royal dressing don't immediately come to mind when thinking of Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, that is surely about to change. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Peter Pilotto? Meet the Designer Behind Princess Eugenie's Wedding Gown," 12 Oct. 2018 But sussing out the big news in bridal, which wrapped just last week, requires quite a different perspective. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Fall 2019’s Top 7 Bridal Trends, from Major Sleeves to Gowns à la Meghan Markle," 19 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In the past few months alone, Kim announced both bridal and body collections, Kylie debuted a full-fledged skin-care line, Kourtney hawked natural goods through Poosh, and even Kendall sparked rumors of her own beauty empire. Aimee Simeon,, "We Tried Kylie & Khloe's New Makeup Collection — & Here's What We Think," 15 June 2019 The amassed vendors will hail from across the nuptial-planning spectrum — including photographers, entertainers, event venues, invitations, florists, bridal salons, beauty services, tuxedos, event lighting and event designers. Daily Pilot Staff,, "Around Town: Wooden Boat Festival coming to Newport Beach this weekend," 6 June 2019 According to the Daily Mail, Priyanka Chopra Jonas was also part of Sophie's bridal party. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Were Married in a Las Vegas Chapel," 2 May 2019 Shay's singing partner Dan Smyers and their guitarist Justin Richards served as groomsmen while Hannah's bridal party was made up of several pageant friends. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "See All the Dreamy Photos from Shay Mooney and Hannah Billingsley's Arkansas Wedding," 30 Nov. 2017 Designer Lauren Wells previously worked for Vera Wang, before creating her own bridal label. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lawrence Celebrates Her Engagement Party in a Dress Fit for a Princess," 13 May 2019 Earlier this month, New York’s Spring 2020 bridal calendar was missing one of its biggest names: Marchesa. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman Shares Photos From the Label’s Spring 2020 Bridal Show in Barcelona," 30 Apr. 2019 The recent conversation around inclusivity and diversity in both fashion and in its marketing and branding has ushered in a new standard for marquee bridal houses. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Bridal Salons to Custom Gowns, Here's Where Size Inclusivity Stands in the Bridal Industry," 19 Apr. 2019 There are dozens of fields of study in fields including: graphic design, bridal consulting, cosmetology, surgical technology, personal training, massage therapy, dental hygiene, video game design and much more. Teen Vogue, "What To Do After High School: 9 Things To Do Besides College," 4 Apr. 2019

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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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: of or relating to a bride or a wedding


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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