nuptial

adjective
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

nuptial

noun

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

  • nonmarital
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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 This is not the time to throw a party, nuptial or otherwise, for 250 people! Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "The Week in ‘Wives: RHOP rumors, RHOA tensions, RHOC secrets, and RHOSLC tracksuits," 27 Dec. 2020 The Crown's version of the nuptial ensemble is an impressive replica of the real-life original, which was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel and paired with a 153-yard veil. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Crown's Season 4 Trailer Teases Princess Diana in Her Wedding Dress," 20 Aug. 2020 Carlos Muniz and Grace Leimann were scheduled to marry in mid-July when their nuptial plans were put on hold after Muniz became ill with the virus, according to hospital staff. Kelsie Smith, CNN, "Nurses in a San Antonio hospital organize a patient's wedding to help lift his spirits," 14 Aug. 2020 Lucrezia and Alfonso were married in the summer of 1498 in a sumptuous nuptial mass. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Lucrezia Borgia," 28 May 2020 With gardens in abundant blooms, nuptial floral arrangements could be locally sourced, as well. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Bells, brides and ceramics: Yenke Peddler antiques," 4 June 2020 Males temporarily develop glands on their toes, known as nuptial pads, to help them grip the swollen abdomens of the females. Popular Science, "Twelve powerful images to remind us how weird and wild the world is," 13 May 2020 Males temporarily develop glands on their toes, known as nuptial pads, to help them grip the swollen abdomens of the females. Popular Science, "Twelve powerful images to remind us how weird and wild the world is," 13 May 2020 Males temporarily develop glands on their toes, known as nuptial pads, to help them grip the swollen abdomens of the females. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Winners of the 2020 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition," 11 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The princess and her beau were photographed at the nuptials of Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon, a descendant of Napoleon Bonaparte. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Beatrice and Her Fiancé Attend Prince Napoléon's Wedding in Paris," 20 Oct. 2019 Over 300 guests, including Tiger Woods and Spike Lee, attended the nuptials. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Michael Jordan Met His Wife Yvette Prieto In a Very Relatable Way," 6 May 2020 This marrying couple may want to have some say over who attends their nuptials. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, "Online bully embarrasses family," 17 Jan. 2020 The entire Middleton family attended Sophie's nuptials, including Kate's parents, Michael and Carole. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte's Godmother Names Her Baby After the Princess," 2 Aug. 2019 The digital nuptials do have to follow certain rules laid out in the order, which is in effect through May 18. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Zoom marriages are now legal in New York," 18 Apr. 2020 Stream weddings:Couple streams nuptials to would-be wedding guests The original Periscope app, which first helped popularize live video broadcasting, has been absorbed into the Twitter app as well, but stand-alone Periscope still exists. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus: From Facebook to YouTube, live video is back. How the apps compare," 27 Mar. 2020 Their initial nuptials took place in Las Vegas after Jonas had performed with his brothers at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, the first time doing so since announcing the band's reunion. Sharareh Drury, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sophie Turner, Joe Jonas Expecting First Child (Report)," 12 Feb. 2020 At middle-class nuptials a 500-name guest list is not unusual. The Economist, "Why planning weddings in Mexico is hard," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of nuptial

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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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The first known use of nuptial was in the 15th century

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“Nuptial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nuptial. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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nuptial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nuptial

formal : of or relating to marriage or a wedding ceremony

nuptial

adjective
nup·​tial | \ ˈnəp-shəl How to pronounce nuptial (audio) \

Kids Definition of nuptial

: of or relating to marriage or a wedding nuptial vows

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