nup·tial | \ˈnəp-shəl, -chəl, nonstandard -shə-wəl, nonstandard -chə-wəl \

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

conjugal, connubial, marital, married, matrimonial, wedded

Synonyms: Noun

bridal, espousal, marriage, wedding

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of nuptial in a Sentence


newlyweds still in a state of nuptial bliss


their nuptials will take place at the university chapel

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Some placating was definitely in order: the same emissaries sent to inform the Hungarian crown of their adorable new family member were also tasked with negotiating Joanna’s way out of certain clauses in her nuptial treaty. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 While over 600 guests were invited to the couple's post-nuptial luncheon, their evening party at Frogmore house was much smaller, with around 200 guests invited, including famous friends like Serena Williams, Amal Clooney, and Priyanka Chopra. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rumors From Inside the Royal Wedding Party: From Harry and Meghan's First Dance to Prince William's Naughty Speech," 20 May 2018 The nuptial couple couldn't stop being sweet to each other. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Every romantic, emotional moment from one heck of a royal wedding," 19 May 2018 The understated fashions at Saturday’s royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry served as perfectly tailored nods to British nuptial tradition, yes. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Royal wedding style: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's nuptials were beautiful and authentic | Elizabeth Wellington," 19 May 2018 Video footage from BBC News shows Prince Harry and Prince William taking a break from nuptial preparations with a light stroll. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Watch Prince Harry and Prince William Greet Fans With a Surprise, Pre-Wedding Stroll," 18 May 2018 And her latest nuptial takeover might be the most extra yet. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Taylor Swift’s Wedding Gift to This Fan Is So Good, I Might Propose to a Stranger," 20 Mar. 2018 Pre-nuptial agreements are not legally binding — though they are sometimes upheld — and Britain follows common law, in which judicial rulings and legal precedents help decide a case, rather than ordinances and statutes. Tara John/london, Time, "How Britain's 'Diva of Divorce' Wins Bumper Payouts for Spouses of the Super-Rich," 15 Mar. 2018 At least one of his ex-wives, Ivana, signed a post-nuptial contract that contained a silencing clause. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "Trump vs. Mueller: Is the American Legal System Any Match for the President?," 8 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The first disappointment for liberals came in Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the tiff over whether Jack Phillips, a Christian baker, had the right to refuse to bake a cake celebrating the nuptials of two men. The Economist, "Justice Kennedy is retiring. What happens now?," 30 June 2018 George and Amal Clooney, James Corden and David and Victoria Beckham also watched the nuptials on the grounds of Windsor Castle — Ms. Clooney in a bright yellow Stella McCartney dress and matching hat. Washington Post, "Oprah to Idris: Celebrities spice up royal wedding," 21 May 2018 Pippa Middleton, whose first anniversary with husband James Matthews is tomorrow, arrived at the royal affair with a springy light green dress by The Fold and a fascinator, looking ready to celebrate the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "The Best Fascinators Guests Wore to the Royal Wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry," 19 May 2018 All eyes have turned towards our kin across the pond as the world watchs the nuptials of Prince Harry and his American bride. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "The History of The Royal Balcony Kiss," 18 May 2018 Grant, who was not invited to Markle's first wedding to Trevor Engelson in 2011, was also not sent an invite to her sister's royal nuptials. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Meghan Markle's father not attending royal wedding after heart attack, staged paparazzi photos, says report," 14 May 2018 This premodern craving for a world in which everyone and everything has a place surfaces time and again, in the royal nuptials, in feudal fiction, even in the gilded carriage denied Trump. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Donald Trump, Meghan Markle, and America’s enduring obsession with the British royals," 12 July 2018 The 18 home cooks were split into two teams to serve appetizers and entrees to guests at Season 7 winner Shaun O'Neale’s March nuptials. Tracy Swartz,, "South Loop contestant vows to win 'MasterChef' wedding challenge as team captain," 11 July 2018 Getty Images With everyone well and truly shook by the secret nuptials, heavily pregnant Cardi headed over to Twitter to speak directly to fans, and explain why the couple had decided to keep things to themselves in the most Cardi B way possible. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Cardi B and Offset Got Married Months and Months Ago and Nobody Realized," 26 June 2018

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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


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


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English Language Learners Definition of nuptial

: of or relating to marriage or a wedding ceremony


nup·tial | \ˈnəp-shəl \

Kids Definition of nuptial

: of or relating to marriage or a wedding nuptial vows

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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