- 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.
- Usually nuptials. a wedding or marriage.
Origin of nuptial
Examples from the Web for nuptial
Other nuptial carriages are said to have gone the same road, before and since.Little Dorrit
The choice of the bride and the nuptial ceremonies are most rudimentary.The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ
Extravagance is to be regarded as vulgarity and ignorance of nuptial proprieties.Laws
And Gervasio came down to pronounce the nuptial blessing over us.The Strolling Saint
Benedick, in astonishment at what he heard, said, "This looks not like a nuptial."Tales from Shakespeare
Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
- relating to marriage; conjugalnuptial vows
- zoology of or relating to matingthe nuptial flight of a queen bee
Word Origin and History for nuptial
late 15c., from Middle French nuptial, or directly from Latin nuptialis "pertaining to marriage," from nuptiae "wedding," from nupta, fem. past participle of nubere "to marry, wed, take as a husband," related to Greek nymphe "bride," from PIE *sneubh- "to marry, wed" (cf. Old Church Slavonic snubiti "to love, woo," Czech snoubiti "to seek in marriage," Slovak zasnubit "to betroth"). Related: Nuptially.