[ brahyd-l ]
/ ˈbraɪd l /


of, for, or pertaining to a bride or a wedding: a bridal gown.


a wedding.
Archaic. a wedding feast.

Nearby words

  1. bricky,
  2. brickyard,
  3. bricolage,
  4. bricole,
  5. brics,
  6. bridal wreath,
  7. bridally,
  8. bridalveil,
  9. bride,
  10. bride price

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bridal


/ (ˈbraɪdəl) /


of or relating to a bride or a wedding; nuptial


obsolete a wedding or wedding feast

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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