nup·​tial | \ ˈnəp-shəl How to pronounce nuptial (audio) , -chəl, nonstandard -shə-wəl How to pronounce nuptial (audio) , nonstandard -chə-wəl How to pronounce nuptial (audio) \

Definition of nuptial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to marriage or the marriage ceremony nuptial vows nuptial bliss
2 : characteristic of or occurring in the breeding season nuptial flight



Definition of nuptial (Entry 2 of 2)

: marriage, wedding usually used in plural… preparations were instantly commenced for the approaching nuptials.— W. H. Prescott

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Synonyms & Antonyms for nuptial

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of nuptial in a Sentence

Adjective newlyweds still in a state of nuptial bliss Noun their nuptials will take place at the university chapel
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Weddings are big business in Japan, but one of Japan’s largest wedding companies is looking to form a union between social responsibility and nuptial celebrations at a new group of boutique hotels. Shana Clarke, Fortune, "Japan’s biggest wedding company wants to revamp the hotel business," 22 Jan. 2020 But even with the guidance of a Saudi activist based outside the kingdom, the more details emerge about the nuptial festivities and her hoped-for route to Europe, the riskier the plan feels. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Saudi Runaway': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 26 Jan. 2020 Whereas some bridal houses would stick to a template silhouette, up-and-coming designers including Danielle Frankel and Sahroo injected surprise twists into their nuptial-day designs: an uneven puffed shoulder here, a foil embellishment there. Glamour, "The Best Wedding Looks From Bridal Fashion Week Fall 2020," 7 Oct. 2019 But while most couples hire a professional photographer for their big day, very few also bring them along on their post-nuptial vacays. Christina Pérez, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Latest Travel Trend? Bringing a Professional Photo Crew on Vacation With You," 25 July 2018 This was a pre-nuptial wedding party before their wedding which is coming up Sept. 21. Shirley Macfarland,, "Start your Labor Day weekend with chicken parprikas, stuffed cabbage and strudel: Talk of the Towns," 16 Aug. 2019 The nuptial celebrations are racking up for Turner and Jonas, who are expected to have their second wedding ceremony tomorrow. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Is Wearing High Heels and a Red Dress to Her Rehearsal Dinner with Joe Jonas," 28 June 2019 In the film, Erskine plays Alice, one half of a duo of college buddies (Jack Quaid portrays the other) who agree to scope out attractive singles for each other across dozens of summer nuptial ceremonies. Joey Nolfi,, "Maya Erskine on graveyard sex, drunk self-love, and winning our hearts in Plus One," 18 June 2019 The nuptial rituals feel similarly stale and unkillable: the proposal, the vows, the first dance. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "People Are Still Getting Married, and This Book Is Here to Help," 10 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun A few weeks before the Maronite nuptials, Hezbollah, the Shiite militant group and political party, oversaw a similar enormous wedding for 31 couples. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Here Comes the Bride. And the Bride. And the Bride. Mass Weddings Boom in Lebanon.," 15 Sep. 2019 And although that moment was wonderfully wacky, Turner is opening up about the challenges the two faced before their nuptials. Vogue, "Sophie Turner Opens Up About Getting “Cold Feet” Before Marrying Joe Jonas," 20 May 2019 The celebrity wedding of the century is set to be nothing less than spectacular, with a full week of celebrations in India before the actual nuptials even take place, according to The Sun. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Will Get Married at Umaid Bhawan Palace in India," 12 Nov. 2018 Markle’s gown was custom-made by the Givenchy team months before the nuptials, using only six seams for the haute couture creation, Us magazine reports. Anna Millard,, "Take Shelter! The Bridal Wars Over Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress Have Begun," 26 May 2018 The soon-to-be royal (clad in a navy Roland Mouret Barwick dress) and her mom were photographed arriving at the Cliveden House Hotel in Berkshire, England, where the pair will be staying the night before the nuptials. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Meghan Markle and Her Mom Step Out After Tea With Queen Elizabeth," 18 May 2018 With just two days to go before her nuptials, Meghan said: Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle's Statement About Her Father Is Causing an Uproar," 17 May 2018 Plus, a suit is easier to wear post-nuptials than some sea-foam nightmare. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "8 Predictions for the Future of Fashion," 17 Jan. 2020 The pair grew up in the area, but live in Arizona and traveled all the way back home for the nuptials. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Surprise snowstorm makes incredible backdrop for bride and groom's "fall" wedding photos," 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of nuptial


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nuptial

Adjective and Noun

Latin nuptialis, from nuptiae, plural, wedding, from nubere to marry; perhaps akin to Greek nymphē bride, nymph

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7 Feb 2020

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“Nuptial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nuptial

formal : of or relating to marriage or a wedding ceremony


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Kids Definition of nuptial

: of or relating to marriage or a wedding nuptial vows

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