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nuptial

[ nuhp-shuhl, -chuhl ]
/ ˈnʌp ʃəl, -tʃəl /
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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.

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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
3. See marriage.
The pronunciations [nuhp-choo-uhl] /ˈnʌp tʃu əl/ and [nuhp-shoo-uhl], /ˈnʌp ʃu əl/, by analogy with such words as mutual and actual, are not considered standard.
nup·tial·ly, adverbquasi-nuptial, adjective
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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
nuptially, adverb
C15: from Latin nuptiālis, from nuptiae marriage, from nubere to marry
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