con·​ju·​gal | \ˈkän-ji-gəl 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, -​jü-​ \ noun
conjugally \ˈkän-​ji-​gə-​lē also kən-​ˈjü-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for conjugal


connubial, marital, married, matrimonial, nuptial, wedded



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Examples of conjugal in a Sentence

newlyweds still in a rapturous state of conjugal happiness

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As Cosmo UK notes, every member of the royal family has their own official monogram (or royal cypher, as they're called), and each royal couple has a conjugal cypher representing them as a pair. Lindsey V Thompson, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Joint Monogram Has Been Revealed," 27 July 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will likely receive a conjugal coat of arms in a few years, which shows their shields displayed side by side. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Meghan Markle's Coat of Arms Compares to the Middletons'," 25 May 2018 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received their conjugal coat of arms (below) two years after their wedding. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Meaning Behind Meghan Markle's New Coat of Arms," 25 May 2018 On Wednesday, relatives said, wives and girlfriends of the inmates were permitted conjugal visits. Ana Vanessa Herrero And Nicholas Casey, New York Times, "Venezuela, Accustomed to Tragedy, Is Shaken Again by Horrific Jail Fire," 29 Mar. 2018 Perhaps an allusion to Diana will appear on Harry's conjugal coat of arms as well. Leah Silverman, Town & Country, "Will Meghan Markle's Family Receive a Coat of Arms Before Her Wedding?," 27 Mar. 2018 It's supposed to be for purposes that are yes, conjugal… but also procreative. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Santorum's War Against Women, Continued," 3 Jan. 2012 Behind bars: This piece from the Law section goes inside the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, the only U.S. prison that officially allowed conjugal visits at the time. Lily Rothman, Time, "50 Years Ago This Week: The Story Behind the America's Cup," 14 Aug. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of conjugal

: relating to marriage or to a married couple


con·​ju·​gal | \ˈkän-ji-gəl, kən-ˈjü- \

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 \ adverb


con·​ju·​gal | \ˈkän-jə-gəl \

Legal Definition of conjugal 

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

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