con·​ju·​gal | \ ˈkän-ji-gəl How to pronounce conjugal (audio) also kən-ˈjü- \

Definition of conjugal

: of or relating to the married state or to married persons and their relations : connubial conjugal happiness

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Other Words from conjugal

conjugality \ ˌkän-​ji-​ˈga-​lə-​tē How to pronounce conjugal (audio) , -​jü-​ \ noun
conjugally \ ˈkän-​ji-​gə-​lē How to pronounce conjugal (audio) also  kən-​ˈjü-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for conjugal



  • nonmarital
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Examples of conjugal in a Sentence

newlyweds still in a rapturous state of conjugal happiness
Recent Examples on the Web Most concerning to the judge and prosecutors was the conjugal visit allowed by one of the agents. Scott Glover, CNN, "These men received 505-year prison sentences each. Now their cases are under new scrutiny," 22 Aug. 2020 Married women were rewarded for good behavior with conjugal visits from their husbands, along with showers, towels, and two hours in a bedroom., "China Cuts Uighur Births With IUDs, Abortion, Sterilization," 1 July 2020 There were regular conjugal visits, and a steady flow of dinner parties among the S.S. officers and their wives. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Revisiting Mengele’s Malignant “Race Science”," 15 June 2020 The winning team gets to have their wives tested, and then essentially a conjugal visit. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Better baseball on TV: What MLB can learn from ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Millionaire’," 4 May 2020 Coffee’ Here’s pop-R&B from the distant era — before last month? — of conjugal business as usual. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Bon Iver’s Plea, and 8 More New Songs," 17 Apr. 2020 Frenchly, however, the non-existent man was permitted conjugal visits during his imprisonment, one of which resulted in Edmond. New York Times, "‘The Man in the Red Coat,’ by Julian Barnes: An Excerpt," 18 Feb. 2020 Gama was accused of using conjugal visits to help coordinate the assault. Alex Cuadros, Harper's magazine, "“My Gang Is Jesus”," 20 Jan. 2020 Plus, Empress Elizabeth blamed Catherine for not performing her conjugal duties. Kristin Vartan,, "Love HBO’s Catherine the Great? There's more to know about the Russian empress," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of conjugal

1545, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conjugal

Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin conjugalis, from conjug-, conjux husband, wife, from conjungere to join, unite in marriage

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“Conjugal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of conjugal

formal : relating to marriage or to a married couple


con·​ju·​gal | \ ˈkän-ji-gəl, kən-ˈjü- How to pronounce conjugal (audio) \

Medical Definition of conjugal

: of or relating to the married state or to married persons and their relations conjugal happiness

Other Words from conjugal

conjugally \ -​gə-​lē How to pronounce conjugal (audio) \ adverb


con·​ju·​gal | \ ˈkän-jə-gəl How to pronounce conjugal (audio) \

Legal Definition of conjugal

: of or relating to marriage or to married persons and their relationships

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