EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective (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;
) to marry (see
-ilis -ile Related forms nu·bil·i·ty , [noo- bil-i-tee, nyoo-] /nuˈbɪl ɪ ti, nyu-/ noun
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That all this virility and
nubility and glamor is pure coincidence?
This we have already pointed out in speaking of the age of
nubility. Nubility is the age or state when a boy or a girl is "fit" for marriage.
And an even greater period passes between this epoch and the age it is proper for a man to marry,—his age of
nubility. British Dictionary definitions for nubility 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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Word Origin and History for nubility adj.
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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