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[kuh-noo-bee-uhl, -nyoo-]
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  1. of marriage or wedlock; matrimonial; conjugal: connubial love.
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Origin of connubial

1650–60; < Medieval Latin connūbiālis, Latin cōnūbiālis, equivalent to cōnūbi(um) (cō- co- + nūb(āre) to marry + -ium -ium) + -ālis -al1
Related formscon·nu·bi·al·i·ty, nouncon·nu·bi·al·ly, adverbnon·con·nu·bi·al, adjectivenon·con·nu·bi·al·ly, adverbnon·con·nu·bi·al·i·ty, nounpost·con·nu·bi·al, adjectivepre·con·nu·bi·al, adjective


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Historical Examples

  • The birds choose their mates; it is the season of connubial joys.

    Forgotten Tales of Long Ago

    E. V. Lucas

  • Next in importance to the connubial is the convivial legislation of caste.

  • But it's when the Parliamentary voting is on comes the connubial pull.

  • I believe he is pushing some connubial complaint against me at the Court.

    Vittoria, Complete

    George Meredith

  • After nine months of connubial bliss his consort had devoured him!


    Cecil Warburton

British Dictionary definitions for connubial


  1. of or relating to marriage; conjugalconnubial bliss
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Derived Formsconnubiality, nounconnubially, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin cōnūbiālis from cōnūbium marriage, from com- together + nūbere to marry
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Word Origin and History for connubial


1650s, from Latin connubialis, variant of conubialis "pertaining to wedlock," from conubium "marriage," from com- "together" (see com-) + nubere "to wed" (see nuptial).

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