[hahy-muh-nee-uh l]


of or relating to marriage.


Archaic. marriage song.

Origin of hymeneal

1595–1605; < Latin hymenae(us) (< Greek hyménaios wedding song, equivalent to Hymen Hymen + -aios pertaining to) + -al1
Related formsun·hy·me·ne·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hymeneal

Historical Examples of hymeneal

  • I need not tell you that Beauman is to be the happy deity of the Hymeneal sacrifice.


    Amelia Stratton Comfield

  • Hymeneal (hi'me-ne'al), referring to marriage; from Hymen, the Greek god of marriage.

British Dictionary definitions for hymeneal



mainly poetic of or relating to marriage


a wedding song or poem
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Word Origin and History for hymeneal

c.1600, "of or relating to a marriage;" as a noun, "wedding hymn," from 1717; from Latin hymenaeus, from Greek hymenaios "belonging to wedlock, wedding, wedding song," from Hymen, Greek god of marriage.

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