[ kuh-noo-bee-uhl, -nyoo- ]
/ kəˈnu bi əl, -ˈnyu- /


of marriage or wedlock; matrimonial; conjugal: connubial love.

Origin of connubial

1650–60; < Medieval Latin connūbiālis, Latin cōnūbiālis, equivalent to cōnūbi(um) (cō- co- + nūb(āre) to marry + -ium -ium) + -ālis -al1
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Examples from the Web for connubiality

  • Now for a post chaise and a hot pursuitfor a last attack on this formidable castle of connubiality, or death in its trenches.

    Single Life|John Baldwin Buckstone
  • "Peace and connubiality was his last words," went on Stevey Todd, following his train of thought.

    The Belted Seas|Arthur Colton

British Dictionary definitions for connubiality


/ (kəˈnjuːbɪəl) /


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

Word Origin for connubial

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



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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