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nup·​tial ˈnəp-shəl How to pronounce nuptial (audio)
-shə-wəl How to pronounce nuptial (audio)
-chə-wəl How to pronounce nuptial (audio)
: of or relating to marriage or the marriage ceremony
nuptial vows
nuptial bliss
: characteristic of or occurring in the breeding season
nuptial flight


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

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
Knoblauch attributes the region’s nuptial popularity to the delicious essence of the Finger Lakes—primarily its food and wine, showcased by rich farmers markets and growing cideries and creameries. Kelsy Chauvin, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Nov. 2023 Originally worn as a sign of modesty and a symbol of good luck, the wedding day adornment is now seen by many brides as a means of adding an ethereal note to their nuptial ensemble. Shelby Wax, Vogue, 2 Nov. 2023 Many couples are absolutely ecstatic to forgo the traditional nuptial route, with all its stressful planning, and excite friends and family with an invite to an off-the-cuff celebration. Shelby Wax, Vogue, 20 Oct. 2023 There is apparently a special that will air after the season 13 finale where fans can watch the full nuptial celebrations, per US Weekly. Olivia Evans, Women's Health, 6 Feb. 2023 Male nuptial gift-giving spiders will display a different death feigning behavior called thanatosis. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 12 Oct. 2023 This style is perfect for fall and winter weddings and adds a sophisticated touch to any nuptial guest's outfit. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 31 July 2023 Last year, researchers confirmed that females with the glucose aversion mutation actively avoided male nuptial gifts. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, 5 July 2023 Because roaches love sweet treats—nuptial and otherwise—researchers created pesticides containing glucose to tempt them into poisoning themselves. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, 5 July 2023
While fans were surprised by the news, friends of the newlyweds were excited to finally be able to celebrate the pair publicly and congratulate them on their nuptials, including some of Van Ness' costars. Vandana Pawa, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024 Elizabeth's dad officiated the nuptials and her 6-year-old son, Knox walked her down the aisle. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 3 Feb. 2024 Regardless, an urge struck Charlie three hours before the nuptials commenced in Iowa. Rick Montgomery, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 In a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, it's revealed that a growing number of couples are opting for birds of prey like owls and hawks to serve as ring bearers during their nuptials. Sabienna Bowman, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2024 Their 2019 nuptials were covered by Vogue and the 18-minute wedding video—featuring maid of honor Megan Rapinoe—has more than 2 million views on YouTube. Rachel Wilkerson Miller, SELF, 23 Jan. 2024 Buddy-Buddy Honeymoon: Some newlyweds are seeking some rest and relaxation after their nuptials — with 25 of their nearest and dearest. Leslie Jamison, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024 The bride was detained during her nuptials and accused of taking part in an extortion racket targeting poultry producers in the state of México, which borders Mexico City. Chas Newkey-Burden, The Week Uk, theweek, 17 Jan. 2024 The new year kicks off with a poolside horror movie, reality-show nuptials, a gripping disaster drama, and the first awards show of the season. James Grebey, Vulture, 5 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History



borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French nuptial, nupcial, borrowed from Latin nuptiālis "of a marriage or wedding," from nuptiae "marriage, wedding" (from nupta "married woman, bride," noun derivative from feminine of nuptus —past participle of nūbere "[of a woman] to get married"— + -iae, plural of -ia, denominal suffix of appurtenance) + -ālis -al entry 1 — more at nubile


derivative of nuptial entry 1

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1555, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Nuptial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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1 of 2 adjective
nup·​tial ˈnəp-shəl How to pronounce nuptial (audio) -chəl How to pronounce nuptial (audio)
: of or relating to marriage or a wedding
: typical of the breeding season


2 of 2 noun
: wedding
usually used in plural

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