[ 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.

Origin of nubile

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

Related forms

nu·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

Examples from the Web for nubility

  • That all this virility and nubility and glamor is pure coincidence?

    Masters of Space|Edward Elmer Smith
  • And an even greater period passes between this epoch and the age it is proper for a man to marry,—his age of nubility.

    The Physical Life of Woman:|Dr. George H Napheys
  • This we have already pointed out in speaking of the age of nubility.

    The Physical Life of Woman:|Dr. George H Napheys
  • Nubility is the age or state when a boy or a girl is "fit" for marriage.

    Woman|William J. Robinson

British Dictionary definitions for nubility


/ (ˈnjuːbaɪl) /

adjective (of a girl or woman)

ready or suitable for marriage by virtue of age or maturity
sexually attractive

Derived Forms

nubility (njuːˈbɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for nubile

C17: from Latin nūbilis, from nūbere to marry
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