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

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 When Lilly gets pregnant after a conjugal visit, and the gang embarks on a course of escalating violence, Taylor is forced to question his choices, and to make the hardest one. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 May 2022 Chaylla is fighting to free herself from a violent conjugal relationship. Lise Pedersen, Variety, 15 Mar. 2022 For all its reputation as a nation of romance, gallantry and love, France has one of the highest rates of conjugal killings in Western Europe. Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2021 Each partner turned out to have strongly different views about the course their conjugal life would take, says Schiller. Joshua Levine, WSJ, 6 Mar. 2021 Most concerning to the judge and prosecutors was the conjugal visit allowed by one of the agents. Scott Glover, CNN, 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., 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, 15 June 2020 The winning team gets to have their wives tested, and then essentially a conjugal visit. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2020 See More

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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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The first known use of conjugal was in 1545

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More Definitions for conjugal


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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