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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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Examples from the web for bridal
  • Many other couples dressed in bridal gear were greeted enthusiastically by the watching crowd.
  • There are loads of budget calculators available in bridal magazines and on bridal websites.
  • One big reason behind the steep rise of these websites is the way they treat the people who act in these bridal gowns, videos.
  • Services are tailored to the needs and desires of the bridal couple.
  • These guides can be a wealth of information that a bridal magazine will not reveal, including the downsides to any location.
  • The inn provides guest rooms, family suites and a bridal suite.
  • bridal suites and executive suites are also available on the premises.
  • Room types include king and double queen, family suites, spa suites and bridal suites.
  • After the festivities, the couple has the option of staying in the bridal suite.
  • Facilities include a bridal suite, foreign currency exchange services and a business center with fax.
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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