of, relating to, or characteristic of marriage: conjugal vows.
pertaining to the relation between marriage partners.

Origin of conjugal

1535–45; < Latin conjugālis, equivalent to con- con- + jug(um) yoke1 + -ālis -al1
Related formscon·ju·gal·i·ty, nouncon·ju·gal·ly, adverbnon·con·ju·gal, adjectivenon·con·ju·gal·ly, adverbnon·con·ju·gal·i·ty, nounun·con·ju·gal, adjective

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

Examples from the Web for conjugal

Contemporary Examples of conjugal

Historical Examples of conjugal

  • The voice of parental and conjugal tenderness was silent in the grave!

  • A conjugal dispute had occurred that morning when Mrs. Jenkins got up.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • We have even seen that the conjugal fidelity of these often exceeds our own.

  • With what ecstasy will he contemplate the angelic felicity of conjugal life!

    Nuts and Nutcrackers

    Charles James Lever

  • Further, I charge you, let there be no outside interference with the conjugal relation.

    The Wedding Ring

    T. De Witt Talmage

British Dictionary definitions for conjugal



of or relating to marriage or the relationship between husband and wifeconjugal rights
Derived Formsconjugality (ˌkɒndʒʊˈɡælɪtɪ), nounconjugally, adverb

Word Origin for conjugal

C16: from Latin conjugālis, from conjunx wife or husband, from conjungere to unite; see conjoin
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Word Origin and History for conjugal

1540s, from Middle French conjugal (13c.), from Latin coniugalis "relating to marriage," from coniunx (genitive coniugis) "spouse," related to coniugare "to join together," from com- "together" (see com-) + iugare "to join," from iugum "yoke" (see jugular).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

conjugal in Culture



A descriptive term for the relationship between married persons. A conjugal family is the same as a nuclear family, composed of married parents and their children. Conjugal relatives (in-laws) trace their relations through the marriage of their respective blood relatives.

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