of or relating to marriage; conjugal; matrimonial: marital vows; marital discord.
Archaic. of or relating to a husband.

Nearby words

  1. marisol,
  2. marist,
  3. maritage,
  4. maritain,
  5. maritain, jacques,
  6. marital therapy,
  7. maritally,
  8. maritime,
  9. maritime alps,
  10. maritime belt

Origin of marital

1595–1605; < Latin marītālis of married people, derivative of marītus of marriage. See marry1, -al1

Related formsmar·i·tal·ly, adverbnon·mar·i·tal, adjectivenon·mar·i·tal·ly, adverbpost·mar·i·tal, adjective

Can be confusedmarshal marital martial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for marital



of or relating to marriagemarital status
of or relating to a husband
Derived Formsmaritally, adverb

Word Origin for marital

C17: from Latin marītālis, from marītus married (adj), husband (n); related to mās male

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Word Origin and History for marital



c.1600, from French maritale and directly from Latin maritalis "of or belonging to married people," from maritus "married man, husband" (see marry).

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