nu·​bile | \ ˈnü-ˌbī(-ə)l How to pronounce nubile (audio) , ˈnyü-, -bəl\

Definition of nubile

1 : of marriageable condition or age nubile young women
2 : sexually attractive used of a young woman a nubile starlet

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Other Words from nubile

nubility \ nü-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce nubility (audio) , nyü-​ \ noun

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Keenen Ivory Wayans directed this sendup of slasher films in which a vengeful killer stalks a group of nubile teens. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Young and nubile, Amanda turns many husbands' head at a neighborhood barbecue. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Shari Lapena thriller 'Someone We Know' preys on our worst fears about our neighbors," 31 July 2019 The contemporary Irish artist Alex Rose is something of a recluse, too, and his shadowy photographs of nubile youths share Jess’s Romantic inclinations. New York Times, "10 Galleries to Visit Now on the Lower East Side," 26 Apr. 2018 That Merry Monarch inherited his father’s passion for art, but his collecting instincts seemed to focus on the painterly display of nubile female flesh. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "From Buckingham Palace to the National Theatre, Hamish Bowles Takes London by Storm," 23 Feb. 2018 Enter the daughters of the Major General (a theatrically crisp Matt Kahler) in a frolicsome phantasmagoria of nubile beauty. Charles Mcnulty,, "'Pirates of Penzance,' with a piña colada: Gilbert & Sullivan plays as interactive party," 26 Jan. 2018 A young, nubile ballerina named Matilda Kshesinskaya, gliding across the stage of St. Petersburg’s storied Mariinsky Theater, briefly exposes her left breast when her white camisole leotard comes undone. Neil Macfarquhar, New York Times, "Bared Breast Enthralls a Future Czar, and Stokes a Russian Culture War," 3 June 2017 Gatlif strikes a few jarring notes, particularly in his voyeuristic approach to his nubile young female stars. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Djam': Film Review | Cannes 2017," 26 May 2017 Young Lorenzo (the strong tenor Tobias Wright) seeks help from his friend, the resourceful Chucho (Matthan Ring Black, also very good) to bed the nubile Lucrezia (Ashley Kay Armstrong), the lusty young wife of old Ignacio (Gabriel Di Gennaro). John Von Rhein,, "Bolcom sex farce draws lively staging from Chicago Fringe Opera," 7 May 2017

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First Known Use of nubile

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nubile

French, from Latin nubilis, from nubere to marry — more at nuptial

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English Language Learners Definition of nubile

: sexually attractive


nu·​bile | \ ˈn(y)ü-bəl How to pronounce nubile (audio) , -ˌbīl How to pronounce nubile (audio) \

Medical Definition of nubile

: sexually mature especially : of marriageable condition or age used of young women

Other Words from nubile

nubility \ n(y)ü-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce nubility (audio) \ noun, plural nubilities

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