Origin of premarital

First recorded in 1885–90; pre- + marital Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for premarital

Contemporary Examples of premarital

Historical Examples of premarital

  • Everyone needs and should have premarital counseling, if only to help them to this all important insight.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe

  • Tim Fisher obviously desired extramarital relations with Mrs. Bagley—or was it premarital relations?

    The Fourth R

    George Oliver Smith

  • But they wouldn't be premarital with Tim unless he followed through and married Mrs. Bagley.

    The Fourth R

    George Oliver Smith

British Dictionary definitions for premarital


  1. (esp of sexual relations) occurring before marriageCompare extramarital
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Word Origin and History for premarital

also pre-marital, 1863, from pre- + marital. Phrase pre-marital sex attested from 1953.

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