[ noo-bil, -bahyl, nyoo- ]
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  1. (of a young woman) suitable for marriage, especially in regard to age or physical development; marriageable.

  2. (of a young person, usually a woman) sexually developed and attractive: the nubile girls in their bikinis.

Origin of nubile

First recorded in 1635–45; from Latin nūbilis, equivalent to nūb(ere) “to marry” + -ilis adjective suffix; see nuptial,-ile

Other words from nubile

  • 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. 2024

How to use nubile in a sentence

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

    Masters of Space | Edward Elmer Smith
  • 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 nubile


/ (ˈnjuːbaɪl) /

adjective(of a girl or woman)
  1. ready or suitable for marriage by virtue of age or maturity

  2. sexually attractive

Origin of nubile

C17: from Latin nūbilis, from nūbere to marry

Derived forms of nubile

  • nubility (njuːˈbɪlɪtɪ), noun

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