[ noo-bil, -bahyl, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu bɪl, -baɪl, ˈnyu- /


(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.

Nearby words

  1. nubecula,
  2. nubia,
  3. nubian,
  4. nubian desert,
  5. nubian goat,
  6. nubility,
  7. nubilous,
  8. nubuck,
  9. nucellus,
  10. nucflash

Origin of nubile

1635–45; < Latin nūbilis, equivalent to nūb(ere) to marry (see nuptial) + -ilis -ile

Related formsnu·bil·i·ty [noo-bil-i-tee, nyoo-] /nuˈbɪl ɪ ti, nyu-/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nubile


/ (ˈnjuːbaɪl) /

adjective (of a girl or woman)

ready or suitable for marriage by virtue of age or maturity
sexually attractive
Derived Formsnubility (njuːˈbɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for nubile

C17: from Latin nūbilis, from nūbere to marry

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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.

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