hymeneal

[ hahy-muh-nee-uhl ]
/ ˌhaɪ məˈni əl /

adjective

of or relating to marriage.

noun

Archaic. marriage song.

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Origin of hymeneal

1595–1605; <Latin hymenae(us) (<Greek hyménaios wedding song, equivalent to HymenHymen + -aios pertaining to) + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM hymeneal

un·hy·me·ne·al, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for hymeneal

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for hymeneal

hymeneal
/ (ˌhaɪmɛˈniːəl) /

adjective

mainly poetic of or relating to marriage

noun

a wedding song or poem
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