[nuhp-shuh l, -chuh l]


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.

Nearby words

  1. nunnery,
  2. nunny bag,
  3. nuoc mam,
  4. nupe,
  5. nupercaine,
  6. nuptial mass,
  7. nuptial plumage,
  8. nuptially,
  9. nuptials,
  10. nuque

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 formsnup·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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nuptials


pl n

(sometimes singular) a marriage ceremony; wedding



relating to marriage; conjugalnuptial vows
zoology of or relating to matingthe nuptial flight of a queen bee
Derived Formsnuptially, adverb

Word Origin for nuptial

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

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