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[brahyd-l] /ˈbraɪd l/
of, for, or pertaining to a bride or a wedding:
a bridal gown.
a wedding.
Archaic. a wedding feast.
Origin of bridal
before 1100; Middle English bridale wedding feast, Old English brȳdealu, equivalent to brȳd bride1 + ealu ale, i.e., ale-drinking; now taken as bride1 + -al1
Related forms
bridally, adverb
prebridal, adjective
Can be confused
bridal, bridle. Unabridged
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  • Let your bridal gift be a dish of rare meat on a golden charger.

    I.N.R.I. Peter Rosegger
  • Madame Boche would take Claude and Etienne with her for the bridal night.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • As he stood beside the bridal pair he seemed almost too festive, too estival, too ebullient for this poor earth of ours.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • Claude declared that their couch was as soft as a bridal bed.

  • An elegant open carriage, drawn by four noble grey horses, contained the bridal party.

    The World Before Them Susanna Moodie
British Dictionary definitions for bridal


of or relating to a bride or a wedding; nuptial
(obsolete) a wedding or wedding feast
Word Origin
Old English brӯdealu, literally: "bride ale", that is, wedding feast
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Word Origin and History for bridal

mid-15c., transferred use of noun bridal "wedding feast," Old English brydealo "marriage feast," from bryd ealu, literally "bride ale" (see bride + ale); second element later confused with suffix -al (1), especially after c.1600.

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