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

Historic bridal fashions: Lakewood Historical Society will present A Century of Bridal Fashions noon to 4 p.m. July 19-21 at the historic Nicholson House, 13335 Detroit Ave., Lakewood. Carol Kovach,, "Lakewood Summer Meltdown returns for 10th year with music, fun and races: A Place in the Sun," 9 July 2019 The veil was pinned on the back of her heard, showing off her stunning wavy bridal hair. Meagan Fredette,, "Sophie Turner's Wedding Waves Are A Gorgeous & Easy Summer Look," 5 July 2019 The portraits are part of The Silence Project, which went up June 28 along 14 vacant storefronts that dot the strip of bridal stores, hair salons, cafes and restaurants. Johnny Diaz,, "‘Shhh,’ on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables this summer is not telling you to stop talking," 3 July 2019 At this point, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are practically professional bridal attendants. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Will Reportedly Serve as Bridal Attendants in Yet Another Wedding," 23 June 2019 As People reports, the traditional event was pretty untraditional in a major way; instead of donning a pristine bridal white dress, Sophie wore a crimson red gown, with Joe dressed in an identical hue. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Celebrate Their Rehearsal Dinner in France," 29 June 2019 Katharine McPhee has found the secret to bridal bliss. Colleen Kratofil,, "Katharine McPhee Is 'Calm' Hours Before Wedding to David Foster Thanks to Facial and 'a Little Xanax'," 28 June 2019 At the time, the GoT star kept her bridal wardrobe low-key with a Bevza jumpsuit and Loeffler Randall mules. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Already Looks Like a Stunning Bride at Her Pre-Wedding Party with Joe Jonas," 28 June 2019 Rent the Rec: Keep the Brook Park Recreation Center, 17400 Holland Road, in mind for birthday parties, anniversaries, bridal and baby showers, communion, retirement and wedding parties or family gatherings of any kind. Rich Heileman,, "Alumni golf fundraiser links with BHS All-Class Reunion: Around The Town," 28 June 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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