con·​nu·​bi·​al kə-ˈnü-bē-əl How to pronounce connubial (audio)
: of or relating to the married state : conjugal
connubial relations
connubialism noun
connubiality noun
connubially adverb

Examples of connubial in a Sentence

a happy couple celebrating half a century of connubial bliss
Recent Examples on the Web Over the last five months, Sydney Steinberg and Noah Findling have invited listeners into their connubial bed several times a week to hear about their lives as an entertainment power couple. Marc Hershon, Vulture, 26 July 2023 Relyea was like an Old Testament prophet in the saturnine power of his recitatives, lightening his deep dark basso timbre for the evocation of Adam and Eve’s connubial bliss in his duets with Sierra in Part 3. John Von Rhein,, 9 Aug. 2017 The Maldivians have the highest divorce rate in the world, a fact which to my mind uniquely qualifies them to officiate over the interment by water of the connubial myth. Rachel Cusk, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Feb. 2017

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Word History


borrowed from Latin cōnūbiālis, from cōnūbium, cōnubium "intermarriage between two groups, marriage, the right to marry," from con- con- + nūbere "[of a woman] get married" + -ium, suffix of deverbal compounds — more at nubile

Note: The length in the initial syllable of cōnūbium has been explained as reduction of a cluster *-nsn-, which assumes that the etymon of nūbere began with *s-; see note at nubile.

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of connubial was circa 1656

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Cite this Entry

“Connubial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​nu·​bi·​al kə-ˈn(y)ü-bē-əl How to pronounce connubial (audio)
: of or relating to marriage
connubially adverb
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