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

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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

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Sure enough, decades of uber fashion, art, style, and club gurus collided at the Grill and the Pool for the joyous nuptial celebrations of Marc Jacobs and dashing funster candlesmith Char Defrancesco. Robert Fairer, Vogue, "Inside Marc Jacobs’s Fashion-Filled Wedding at the Grill," 9 Apr. 2019 Maybe there’ll be something nuptial-worthy in the lineup? Steff Yotka, Vogue, "New York Fashion Week Is Celebrities’s Hottest Date Night," 7 Sep. 2018 Gomez's fans have been anticipating Barry's wedding after the singer and actress was involved in pre-nuptial celebrations, like a beachy bachelorette party in Mexico and chic bridal shower. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Was a Beautiful Maid of Honor at Her Best Friend's Wedding," 22 Feb. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Also bearing in mind the climate of the country, Elizabeth and Philip's wedding on November 20, 1947, was relatively less extravagant than most royal nuptials. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Huge Sacrifice Prince Philip's Family Made for Queen Elizabeth's Engagement Ring," 4 June 2019 Take your cues from George Clooney, who looked dapper in a grey suit with a yellow tie and pocket square for Harry and Meghan's nuptials last May. Tip: Choose a pocket square that compliments rather than matches your tie to look more polished. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "10 Outfits Every Man Should Wear This Summer," 18 Apr. 2019 The Duchess of Sussex has Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy, but the Duchess of Cambridge has Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, her unofficial couturier for her most important engagements—tours, red carpets, christenings, even other royal nuptials. Glamour, "Kate Middleton’s Favorite Fashion Things," 6 May 2019 Unlike last year's nuptials, this one will be a private event, a Buckingham Palace source previously told People, so expect to see only photos of guests arriving and leaving — no carriage processional or livestream of the ceremony. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Lady Gabriella Windsor? Everything You Need to Know About Her and Her Royal Wedding," 26 Apr. 2019 The #Densi nuptials were watched by 8.3 million people, according to CinemaBlend, so there’s plenty of people tuning in. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS: Los Angeles' Sparks Concern That the Show Might Be Ending," 14 Apr. 2019 No, Will's lack of sleep is totally the fault of royal fans, who partied and celebrated the impending nuptials all night in the streets, keeping him awake. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Why Prince William Couldn't Sleep the Night Before His Wedding to Kate Middleton," 13 Apr. 2019 The global capital hosts nuptials for an awesome range of nationalities, and its cuisine-smart residents know their way around gastronomy. Josh Snider, Popular Mechanics, "The Ferocious Cooking of Fig and Pig," 7 Dec. 2018 Williams said about Markle and Prince Harry’s nuptials. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Serena Williams on Meghan Markle friendship: 'We really are relying on each other a lot'," 24 Sep. 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 How to pronounce nuptial (audio) \

Kids Definition of nuptial

: of or relating to marriage or a wedding nuptial vows

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