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

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 For the pre-nuptial events, the reality stars have dressed in coordinating fits, all by Dolce & Gabbana, that pay homage to the affair's gothic glam aesthetic while still honoring each of the celebs' personal style. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 May 2022 Much attention is paid to selecting wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses—and rightfully so—but one area of nuptial planning that’s equally as important are the mother of the bride dresses. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 18 May 2022 And with two fashion killers like these, the nuptial looks are far from traditional. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 6 May 2022 Through it all, Ukrainian couples still marry, though forgoing the customary large nuptial gatherings. Laura Kingstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Depp and Heard had just been married, and there were conversations about a post-nuptial agreement. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 20 Apr. 2022 To this day, Alice Roosevelt’s wedding to Nicholas Longworth is considered the grandest nuptial affair in White House history. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 6 Apr. 2022 The White House reception is set for November 19; there is no word yet on where the nuptial ceremony will occur. Kate Bennett, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 Matthews offered a quick look at their post-nuptial festivities on her Instagram Story, beginning with a photo of a table romantically decorated with rose petals, parfaits, and a pair of champagne glasses adorned with strawberries. Abigail Adams,, 16 Mar. 2022 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, 20 Oct. 2019 Over 300 guests, including Tiger Woods and Spike Lee, attended the nuptials. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, 6 May 2020 This marrying couple may want to have some say over who attends their nuptials. Amy Dickinson,, 17 Jan. 2020 The entire Middleton family attended Sophie's nuptials, including Kate's parents, Michael and Carole. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 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, 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, 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, 12 Feb. 2020 At middle-class nuptials a 500-name guest list is not unusual. The Economist, 14 Nov. 2019 See More

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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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26 May 2022

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

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: of or relating to marriage or a wedding nuptial vows

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