- (of a young woman) suitable for marriage, especially in regard to age or physical development; marriageable.
- (of a young person, usually a woman) sexually developed and attractive: the nubile girls in their bikinis.
Origin of nubile
Examples from the Web for nubile
I got a picture of a nubile waif, too freakish to fit where she'd been raised.Vigorish
Gordon Randall Garrett
All women of that category are Nupa, or nubile, as far as this man goes.Social Origins and Primal Law
Every nubile maid (koshimoto) in the yashiki was a candidate for concubinage.The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari
James S. De Benneville
Such was the ideal of wifely purity in an isle where nubile virgins went naked as in paradise.In the South Seas
Robert Louis Stevenson
But shall we find in France a country where the proportion of births to the number of nubile women is greater than in our own?The Education of American Girls
Anna Callender Brackett
- ready or suitable for marriage by virtue of age or maturity
- sexually attractive
Word Origin and History for nubile
1640s, "marriageable" (said of a woman), from French nubile (16c.) or directly from Latin nubilis "marriageable," from stem of nubere "take as husband" (see nuptial). In sense of "young and sexually attractive" from 1973. Related: Nubility.