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

The couple is already in India prepping for multiple days of nuptial festivities. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who's Going to Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Wedding?," 29 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The news comes as the couple begins their marathon tour of Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Fiji, as well as five months after their Windsor Castle nuptials. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Expecting Their First Child," 15 Oct. 2018 The power couple’s multi-ceremony international nuptials were a thrilling mix of glamorous fashion and breathtaking locales. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas End Winter Wedding Season With a Bang," 21 Dec. 2018 And the royal nuptials are as good an occasion as any to raise a glass—or two, or three. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Cheers to Harry and Meghan: How Britain Is Preparing for an Epic Royal Wedding Toast," 18 May 2018 Markle’s father kicked up a social media storm the days before the nuptials—but the end result was nothing short of a fairytale. Vogue, "These Were the Most Googled Weddings of 2018," 12 Dec. 2018 The couple also made a pre-wedding appearance yesterday in Mumbai for a puja (Hindu prayer ceremony) ahead of the nuptials. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Head to Their Wedding Venue Looking Stylish as Hell," 29 Nov. 2018 Pictures of the nuptials revealed the former couple threw a beach party for their friends, which lasted long into the night. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Meghan Markle's trouble with her father may date all the way back to her first wedding in 2011," 15 Aug. 2018 Palace officials announced the day before the nuptials that Prince Charles would walk Meghan down the aisle. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Prince Harry said to ‘give Donald Trump a chance,’ according to Meghan Markle’s father," 18 June 2018 And her friend and YouTuber extraordinaire Casey Neistat, who skates in for a cameo, will likely not get to bring all three kids to the Kloss-Kushner nuptials. Vogue, "Karlie Kloss on Her Love of Coding, Mojitos, and Taylor Swift," 11 Oct. 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

Adjective and Noun

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

formal : 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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