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[noo-bil, -bahyl, nyoo-] /ˈnu bɪl, -baɪl, ˈnyu-/
(of a young woman) suitable for marriage, especially in regard to age or physical development; marriageable.
(of a young person, usually a woman) sexually developed and attractive:
the nubile girls in their bikinis.
Origin of nubile
1635-45; < Latin nūbilis, equivalent to nūb(ere) to marry (see nuptial) + -ilis -ile
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[noo-bil-i-tee, nyoo-] /nuˈbɪl ɪ ti, nyu-/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • She couldn't have been more than eighteen and her figure was nubile in its firm flesh and flowing contours.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • I got a picture of a nubile waif, too freakish to fit where she'd been raised.

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
  • I knew once a lady with a lot of six, nubile, but not attractive, all with a decided bias toward Terpsichore and Hymen.

    Guy Livingstone; George A. Lawrence
  • All women of that category are Nupa, or nubile, as far as this man goes.

  • Jennie's glistening dark-blue shape seemed still coltish and nubile by comparison with Julia's ampler mould.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • Every nubile maid (koshimoto) in the yashiki was a candidate for concubinage.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari James S. De Benneville
  • I am barely of nubile age, and yet I was not half so old on the day I saw you for the first time.

    Ancient Manners Pierre Louys
  • Such was the ideal of wifely purity in an isle where nubile virgins went naked as in paradise.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Scatter flowers, or other missile oblations, profusely, you nubile virgins.

    Barren Honour: A Novel George A. Lawrence
  • But shall we find in France a country where the proportion of births to the number of nubile women is greater than in our own?

    The Education of American Girls Anna Callender Brackett
British Dictionary definitions for nubile


adjective (of a girl or woman)
ready or suitable for marriage by virtue of age or maturity
sexually attractive
Derived Forms
nubility (njuːˈbɪlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin nūbilis, from nūbere to marry
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Word Origin and History for nubile

1640s, "marriageable" (said of a woman), from French nubile (16c.) or directly from Latin nubilis "marriageable," from stem of nubere "take as husband" (see nuptial). In sense of "young and sexually attractive" from 1973. Related: Nubility.

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