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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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 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

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Other guests at the nuptials included One Direction's Niall Horan and singer-songwriter Julia Michaels. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Was a Beautiful Maid of Honor at Her Best Friend's Wedding," 22 Feb. 2019 Gone was the updo that has been the mum-to-be’s staple of late (and the style that famously framed her face at her 2018 nuptials). Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Lets Her Hair Down for Her New York Baby Shower," 19 Feb. 2019 Yesterday, at the nuptials of his daughter, Princess Eugenie, to Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Prince Andrew was literally beaming with pride for his daughter on her big day. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Prince Andrew Acted Like an Adorably Diligent Bridesmaid at Eugenie's Wedding," 13 Oct. 2018 These would make great swag at their upcoming nuptials. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Of Course Ariana Grande Has a Sweatshirt of Pete Davidson’s Face," 29 June 2018 Meghan Markle’s wasn’t the only dress to grab our attention at her May nuptials to Prince Harry. Southern Living, "Kate Middleton’s Etiquette-Challenging Royal Wedding Dress May Not Have Been Recycled After All," 7 June 2018 Members of the royal family were also fashioned out of Lego bricks, along with singer Elton John, who is to perform at the wedding, and the Spice Girls, rumored to be guests at the nuptials. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "Condoms ‘fit for a prince’ and Meghan’s face on a swimsuit: Royal wedding merchandise is out of control," 17 May 2018 Unlike Kate Middleton, Markle has opted not to tap a maid of honor, but William will be Prince Harry’s best man, returning the favor from performing the honor at their 2011 nuptials. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Meghan Markle's Bridal Party Is Going to Be More Adorable Than You Thought," 16 May 2018 This clip from her October 2013 nuptials with Brandon Blackstock is so sweet, even true love's most determined naysayers' will get a tooth ache. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson's Gorgeous Wedding Video Will Make You Ugly Cry," 13 Jan. 2019

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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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