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[kuh-noo-bee-uh l, -nyoo-] /kəˈnu bi əl, -ˈnyu-/
of marriage or wedlock; matrimonial; conjugal:
connubial love.
Origin of connubial
1650-60; < Medieval Latin connūbiālis, Latin cōnūbiālis, equivalent to cōnūbi(um) (cō- co- + nūb(āre) to marry + -ium -ium) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
connubiality, noun
connubially, adverb
nonconnubial, adjective
nonconnubially, adverb
nonconnubiality, noun
postconnubial, adjective
preconnubial, adjective
nuptial, marital. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for connubial
Historical Examples
  • The birds choose their mates; it is the season of connubial joys.

  • Next in importance to the connubial is the convivial legislation of caste.

  • But it's when the Parliamentary voting is on comes the connubial pull.

  • I believe he is pushing some connubial complaint against me at the Court.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • After nine months of connubial bliss his consort had devoured him!

    Spiders Cecil Warburton
  • She had nothing to complain of—no bickerings, no connubial turmoil.

    Byron Richard Edgcumbe
  • I detest these connubial details and will not have a married servant.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
  • In the midst of connubial and communal peace the thunderbolt has fallen on the King.

  • But it was not the time for sentiment, maternal or connubial.

    The Gorgeous Isle

    Gertrude Atherton
  • From all that I hear, I fancy that he has set his mind also on connubial bliss.

    Ayala's Angel

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for connubial


of or relating to marriage; conjugal: connubial bliss
Derived Forms
connubiality, noun
connubially, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin cōnūbiālis from cōnūbium marriage, from com- together + nūbere to marry
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Word Origin and History for connubial

1650s, from Latin connubialis, variant of conubialis "pertaining to wedlock," from conubium "marriage," from com- "together" (see com-) + nubere "to wed" (see nuptial).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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