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[nuhp-shuh l, -chuh l]
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  1. of or relating to marriage or the marriage ceremony: the nuptial day; nuptial vows.
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of mating or the mating season of animals: nuptial behavior.
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  1. 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
Related formsnup·tial·ly, adverbqua·si-nup·tial, adjective

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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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pl n
  1. (sometimes singular) a marriage ceremony; wedding
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  1. relating to marriage; conjugalnuptial vows
  2. zoology of or relating to matingthe nuptial flight of a queen bee
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Derived Formsnuptially, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin nuptiālis, from nuptiae marriage, from nubere to marry
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Word Origin and History for nuptials


"marriage, wedding," 1550s, plural of nuptial.

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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.

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