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[nuhp-shuh l, -chuh l] /ˈnʌp ʃəl, -tʃəl/

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.
/ˈnʌpʃəlz; -tʃəlz/
plural noun
(sometimes sing) a marriage ceremony; wedding
/ˈnʌpʃəl; -tʃəl/
relating to marriage; conjugal: nuptial vows
(zoology) of or relating to mating: the nuptial flight of a queen bee

“marriage, wedding,” 1550s, plural of 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.


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