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nuptial

[nuhp-shuh l, -chuh l]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to marriage or the marriage ceremony: the nuptial day; nuptial vows.
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of mating or the mating season of animals: nuptial behavior.
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noun
  1. Usually nuptials. a wedding or marriage.
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Origin of nuptial

1480–90; (Middle French) < Latin nuptiālis, equivalent to nupti(ae) marriage, wedding, derivative of nubēre to marry (of a woman); cf. nubile
Related formsnup·tial·ly, adverbqua·si-nup·tial, adjective

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3. See marriage.

Pronunciation note

The pronunciations [nuhp-choo-uh l] /ˈnʌp tʃu əl/ and [nuhp-shoo-uh l] /ˈnʌp ʃu əl/, by analogy with such words as mutual and actual, are not considered standard.
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British Dictionary definitions for nuptials

nuptials

pl n
  1. (sometimes singular) a marriage ceremony; wedding
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nuptial

adjective
  1. relating to marriage; conjugalnuptial vows
  2. zoology of or relating to matingthe nuptial flight of a queen bee
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Derived Formsnuptially, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin nuptiālis, from nuptiae marriage, from nubere to marry
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Word Origin and History for nuptials

n.

"marriage, wedding," 1550s, plural of nuptial.

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nuptial

adj.

late 15c., from Middle French nuptial, or directly from Latin nuptialis "pertaining to marriage," from nuptiae "wedding," from nupta, fem. past participle of nubere "to marry, wed, take as a husband," related to Greek nymphe "bride," from PIE *sneubh- "to marry, wed" (cf. Old Church Slavonic snubiti "to love, woo," Czech snoubiti "to seek in marriage," Slovak zasnubit "to betroth"). Related: Nuptially.

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