pre·​mar·​i·​tal ˌprē-ˈmer-ə-tᵊl How to pronounce premarital (audio)
variants or less commonly pre-marital
: made or occurring before marriage
premarital counseling
premarital agreements concerning property
premarital sex
premaritally adverb
or pre-maritally
premaritally pregnant
cohabiting premaritally

Examples of premarital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Oscar winner was set to appear in court again in November to hash out the validity of their premarital agreement, but reached a settlement instead. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 15 Jan. 2024 Workplace and career experts stress the importance of being open and frank with your boss about your upcoming nuptials, for the sake of still having a solid workplace once the premarital hoopla has come and gone. Vogue, 9 Nov. 2023 Yes, premarital counseling would be helpful — definitely for them. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2023 Ahead of the news of their settlement, the exes were set to appear in court again this November to hash out the validity of their premarital agreement. Elizabeth Leonard, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2023 Then suggest the two of you seek premarital counseling. Abigail Van Buren, cleveland, 14 Sep. 2023 As their divorce battle continues, Kevin and Christine will appear in court later this fall to hash out the validity of their premarital agreement. Liza Esquibias, Peoplemag, 5 Sep. 2023 Ahead of the upcoming trial to determine child support and the validity of their premarital agreement, Christine's attorneys are asking for more documentation proving Kevin's finances. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 24 Aug. 2023 In a request for order filed in California Superior Court on Aug. 10 and obtained by PEOPLE, attorneys for the Field of Dreams actor requested the court to compel Christine to explicitly answer a series of questions about the pair's premarital agreement, which Christine is challenging. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 19 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of premarital was in 1878

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“Premarital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


pre·​mar·​i·​tal ˌprē-ˈmar-ət-ᵊl How to pronounce premarital (audio)
: existing or occurring before marriage

Legal Definition



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