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Definition of "nuptial" []

  • Of or relating to marriage or the wedding ceremony. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or occurring during the mating season: the nuptial plumage of male birds. (adjective)
  • A wedding ceremony. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • Relating to marriage; conjugal (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Of or relating to mating (adjective)

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Use "nuptial" in a sentence
  • "He is addressed as a king possessed of all essential graces, as a conqueror exalted on the throne of a righteous and eternal government, and as a bridegroom arrayed in nuptial splendor."
  • "The shrubs and flowers were in pairs; and I was informed that such little gardens appear about the houses where there are and have been nuptials, and hence they are called nuptial gardens."
  • "By the fourth generation, Kammerer reported, male toads even had black "nuptial" pads, a trait water-mating toads have (to grasp a female) but midwife toads do not."