conjugal

[ kon-juh-guhl ]
/ ˈkɒn dʒə gəl /

adjective

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
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British Dictionary definitions for conjugal

conjugal

/ (ˈkɒndʒʊɡəl) /

adjective

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

conjugal


adj.

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).

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Culture definitions for conjugal

conjugal

[ (kon-juh-guhl) ]

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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