antenuptial

[ an-tee-nuhp-shuh l, ‐chuh l ]
/ ˌæn tiˈnʌp ʃəl, ‐tʃəl /
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adjective

before marriage.

Origin of antenuptial

First recorded in 1810–20; ante- + nuptial

Pronunciation note

See nuptial.
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Word Origin and History for antenuptial

antenuptial


adj.

"prior to marriage," 1818, originally of children's births; see ante- + nuptial.

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