- Often spousals. the ceremony of marriage; nuptials.
- nuptial; matrimonial.
Origin of spousal
1250–1300; Middle English spousaille, aphetic variant of espousaille espousal
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- (often plural)
- the marriage ceremony
- a wedding
- of or relating to marriage
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1510s, from spousal (n.) "condition of being espoused, action of marrying," from Old French esposailles (see espousal).
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