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

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

Related Words for marital

matrimonial, wedded, married, conjugal, connubial, nuptial, spousal

Examples from the Web for marital

Contemporary Examples of marital

Historical Examples of marital

  • And it is at the evidence of marital unhappiness that all the criticism is directed.

  • Marital confidences might well upset the best-laid plans I could devise.

    In Direst Peril

    David Christie Murray

  • Perhaps it might have been better had Mr. Davies postponed his first marital lecture.

    Under Fire

    Charles King

  • There are times at which marital relations are eminently improper.

    The Physical Life of Woman:

    Dr. George H Napheys

  • Her will seems to be roused there by the side of the marital will which is dormant.

    Rene Mauperin

    Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt

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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