nuptial

[ nuhp-shuh l, -chuh l ]
/ ˈnʌp ʃəl, -tʃəl /

adjective

of or relating to marriage or the marriage ceremony: the nuptial day; nuptial vows.
of, relating to, or characteristic of mating or the mating season of animals: nuptial behavior.

noun

Usually nuptials. a wedding or marriage.

Origin of nuptial

1480–90; (Middle French) < Latin nuptiālis, equivalent to nupti(ae) marriage, wedding, derivative of nubēre to marry (of a woman); cf. nubile

Related forms

nup·tial·ly, adverbqua·si-nup·tial, adjective

Synonym study

3. See marriage.

Pronunciation note

The pronunciations [nuhp-choo-uh l] /ˈnʌp tʃu əl/ and [nuhp-shoo-uh l] /ˈnʌp ʃu əl/, by analogy with such words as mutual and actual, are not considered standard.
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British Dictionary definitions for nuptial

nuptial

/ (ˈnʌpʃəl, -tʃəl) /

adjective

relating to marriage; conjugalnuptial vows
zoology of or relating to matingthe nuptial flight of a queen bee

Derived Forms

nuptially, adverb

Word Origin for nuptial

C15: from Latin nuptiālis, from nuptiae marriage, from nubere to marry
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