[nuhp-shuhl, -chuhl]
of or pertaining to marriage or the marriage ceremony: the nuptial day; nuptial vows.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of mating or the mating season of animals: nuptial behavior.
Usually, nuptials. a wedding or marriage.

1480–90; (Middle French) < Latin nuptiālis, equivalent to nupti(ae) marriage, wedding, derivative of nubēre to marry (of a woman); cf. nubile

nuptially, adverb
quasi-nuptial, adjective

3. See marriage.

The pronunciations [nuhp-choo-uhl] and [nuhp-shoo-uhl] by analogy with such words as mutual and actual, are not considered standard. Unabridged
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nuptial (ˈnʌpʃəl, -tʃəl)
1.  relating to marriage; conjugal: nuptial vows
2.  zoology of or relating to mating: the nuptial flight of a queen bee
[C15: from Latin nuptiālis, from nuptiae marriage, from nubere to marry]

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Word Origin & History

1490, from L. nuptialis "pertaining to marriage," from nuptiæ "wedding," from nupta, fem. pp. of nubere "take as a husband," related to Gk. nymphe "bride," from PIE *sneubho- "to marry, wed" (cf. O.C.S. snubiti "to love, woo," Czech snoubiti "to seek in marriage," Slovak zasnubit "to betroth").
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Example sentences
The bride will be a vision in traditional nuptial white, right down to her.
Eight months and eight days ago, tonight's nuptial couple met at a party attended by professed vampires and vampire wannabees.
They hold a pre-nuptial feast, one that the governor attends.
Their explosive acts of heroism are fatal but fruitless attempts to prevent
  other males from consummating your nuptial flight.
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