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[noo-bil, -bahyl, nyoo-] /ˈnu bɪl, -baɪl, ˈnyu-/
(of a young woman) suitable for marriage, especially in regard to age or physical development; marriageable.
(of a young person, usually a woman) sexually developed and attractive:
the nubile girls in their bikinis.
Origin of nubile
1635-45; < Latin nūbilis, equivalent to nūb(ere) to marry (see nuptial) + -ilis -ile
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[noo-bil-i-tee, nyoo-] /nuˈbɪl ɪ ti, nyu-/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • That all this virility and nubility and glamor is pure coincidence?

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • This we have already pointed out in speaking of the age of nubility.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • nubility is the age or state when a boy or a girl is "fit" for marriage.

    Woman William J. Robinson
  • And an even greater period passes between this epoch and the age it is proper for a man to marry,—his age of nubility.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
British Dictionary definitions for nubility


adjective (of a girl or woman)
ready or suitable for marriage by virtue of age or maturity
sexually attractive
Derived Forms
nubility (njuːˈbɪlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin nūbilis, from nūbere to marry
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Word Origin and History for nubility



1640s, "marriageable" (said of a woman), from French nubile (16c.) or directly from Latin nubilis "marriageable," from stem of nubere "take as husband" (see nuptial). In sense of "young and sexually attractive" from 1973. Related: Nubility.

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