nuptial

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj nuptial of or relating to a wedding "bridal procession","nuptial day","spousal rites","wedding cake","marriage vows"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Nuptial Marriage; wedding; nuptial ceremony; -- now only in the plural. "Celebration of that nuptial , which
      We two have sworn shall come."
      "Preparations . . . for the approaching nuptials ."
    • a Nuptial Of or pertaining to marriage; done or used at a wedding; as, nuptial rites and ceremonies. "Then, all in heat,
      They light the nuptial torch."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • nuptial Of or pertaining to marriage, or to the marriage ceremony; connected with or used at a wedding.
    • nuptial Synonyms Hymeneal, etc. (see matrimonial), bridal.
    • n nuptial Marriage: now always in the plural.
    • n nuptial Synonyms Wedding, Matrimony, etc. See marriage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Nuptial nup′shal pertaining to marriage: constituting marriage
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Quotations

  • Francis Bacon
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    “Nuptial love makes mankind; friendly love perfects it; but wanton love corrupts and debases it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. nuptialis, fr. nuptiae, marriage, wedding, fr. nubere, nuptum, prop., to cover, to veil, hence, to marry, as the head of the bride was covered with a veil; cf. Gr. bride, nymph: cf. F. nuptial,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. nuptialisnuptiæ, marriage—nubĕre, nuptum, to marry.

Usage

In literature:

Upper Tendom was ringing with the approaching nuptials of Miss Harrison and Mr. Linmere.
"The Fatal Glove" by Clara Augusta Jones Trask
Do you not think the nuptial state the happiest?
"The Emigrants Of Ahadarra The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
For all the Clan Scott were to gather here to do honor to the nuptials of their hereditary chieftain.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
Their nuptials took place at Vienna on the 12th of February, 1736.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
And, Corona, when the bishop had blessed our nuptials, I dreamed that we were blessed indeed.
"For Woman's Love" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
It was that my misdeed might not be discovered that I denied thee to Miles Arundel, though thy father wished the nuptials.
"The Knight of the Golden Melice" by John Turvill Adams
He reached the nuptial chamber.
"The Physiology of Marriage, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
A long farewell to thee, my nuptial bower, Adorned with every fair and fragrant flower!
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume 5 (of 18)" by John Dryden
So far in this chapter prevention has been dealt with only in so far as it is brought about by ante-nuptial and post-nuptial restraint.
"The Fertility of the Unfit" by William Allan Chapple
Why, then, were these nuptials so precipitately concluded, apparently with the consent of all concerned?
"The Women of the Caesars" by Guglielmo Ferrero
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In poetry:

And when, for nuptials of the Spring
With Summer, on the vestal thorn
The bridal veil hung flowering,
A cry was heard, and I was born.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
For lo! where glows the nuptial feast,
And Clermont's heir leads in his bride,
While Julia, called that feast to grace,
Sits by a blooming baron's side.
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
``Leave me awhile to linger with the dead,''
Weeping, She sued. ``But doubt not that I still
Am nuptialled to my People, and have wed
Their deathless will.
"Victoria" by Alfred Austin
And they shall pledge the nuptial vow,
Where once far different vows were heard;
And where thy pining virgins mourned,
Shall babes, sweet smiling babes, be reared.
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
He neared the palace, he spied the Court,
And music he heard, and they told
Of foreign lords arrived to bring
The nuptial gifts of a bridegroom king
To the princess grave and cold.
"The Young Princess -- A Ballad Of Old Laws Of Love" by George Meredith
No longer now I would conceal,
The blight, the pain, the curse I feel;
The misery you know, and yet,
Dear heart, I would forget,
The cruelties of nuptial ties,
The fatal day we met.
"The Love That Would Not Keep" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Thanks to technology, she was still able to take part in the big day in more than just spirit — by virtually attending the nuptials via iPad.
Out-Of-This-World Nuptials For London Klingons.
Out-Of-This-World Nuptials For London Klingon Couple.
Luxembourg royals wed in religious ceremony, wrapping up 2-day nuptials .
'Chloe' Officiate a Gay Wedding in ' Nuptials '.
Patteson, Gordon plan autumn nuptials .
Rumors of a weekend wedding between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie sent photographers and reporters rushing to the couple's chateau in southern France on Thursday, but local officials said they had no knowledge of any impending nuptials .
Maryland foes of same-sex nuptials say petition goal reached.
Nuptials planning, huntin' and fishin'.
Prince William and Kate Middleton's Nuptials Top the List of the Biggest Marriages of 2011.
Retiring Judge Mary 'KK' Norman performs nuptials for her daughter.
The Complicated Numbers Behind American Nuptials .
Adams-Richards nuptials set for Dec.
Weston, Schaafsma plan nuptials .
Celebrity Nuptials in Wine Country.
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In science:

Before being released back to the pen, the hen was weighed (±1g) and the post-nuptial moulting status of the plumage was determined by visual examination.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
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