[ kon-juh-guhl ]
See synonyms for: conjugalconjugality on

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of marriage: conjugal vows.

  2. pertaining to the relation between marriage partners.

Origin of conjugal

1535–45; <Latin conjugālis, equivalent to con-con- + jug(um) yoke1 + -ālis-al1

Other words for conjugal

Other words from conjugal

  • con·ju·gal·i·ty, noun
  • con·ju·gal·ly, adverb
  • non·con·ju·gal, adjective
  • non·con·ju·gal·ly, adverb
  • non·con·ju·gal·i·ty, noun
  • un·con·ju·gal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use conjugal in a sentence

  • This was the case with the conjugality of the Nuttalls, as was proven by the demeanour of the male portion of the bond.

    Grif | B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • This instinct is located in the occipital region of the brain, and is called, in Phrenological language, Conjugality.

    How to Become Rich | William Windsor
  • Conjugality large, and therefore we may say that he will be fond of his wife and of his home.

  • The idea of eternal conjugality should lighten all faces with hope, and should have a most conservative influence in society.

  • Meanwhile this pair, outwardly the picture of pastoral conjugality, slowly descended the hill.

British Dictionary definitions for conjugal


/ (ˈkɒndʒʊɡəl) /

  1. of or relating to marriage or the relationship between husband and wife: conjugal rights

Origin of conjugal

C16: from Latin conjugālis, from conjunx wife or husband, from conjungere to unite; see conjoin

Derived forms of conjugal

  • conjugality (ˌkɒndʒʊˈɡælɪtɪ), noun
  • conjugally, adverb

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Cultural definitions for 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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