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  1. of, for, or pertaining to a bride or a wedding: a bridal gown.
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  1. a wedding.
  2. Archaic. a wedding feast.
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Origin of bridal

before 1100; Middle English bridale wedding feast, Old English brȳdealu, equivalent to brȳd bride1 + ealu ale, i.e., ale-drinking; now taken as bride1 + -al1
Related formsbrid·al·ly, adverbpre·brid·al, adjective
Can be confusedbridal bridle
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Related Words for bridal

espousal, nuptial, spousal, hymeneal, conjugal, connubial, marital, matrimonial, epithalamic, nubile

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British Dictionary definitions for bridal


  1. of or relating to a bride or a wedding; nuptial
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  1. obsolete a wedding or wedding feast
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Word Origin for bridal

Old English brӯdealu, literally: "bride ale", that is, wedding feast
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Word Origin and History for bridal


mid-15c., transferred use of noun bridal "wedding feast," Old English brydealo "marriage feast," from bryd ealu, literally "bride ale" (see bride + ale); second element later confused with suffix -al (1), especially after c.1600.

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