nubility

nubile

[noo-bil, -bahyl, nyoo-]
adjective
1.
(of a young woman) suitable for marriage, especially in regard to age or physical development; marriageable.
2.
(of a young person, usually a woman) sexually developed and attractive: the nubile girls in their bikinis.

Origin:
1635–45; < Latin nūbilis, equivalent to nūb(ere) to marry (see nuptial) + -ilis -ile

nubility [noo-bil-i-tee, nyoo-] , noun
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nubile (ˈnjuːbaɪl)
 
adj
1.  ready or suitable for marriage by virtue of age or maturity
2.  sexually attractive
 
[C17: from Latin nūbilis, from nūbere to marry]
 
nubility
 
n

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nubile
1640s, "marriageable" (said of a woman), from Fr. nubile, from L. nubilis "marriageable," from stem of nubere "take as husband." First used 1973 in sense of "young and sexually attractive."
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