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nuptial

[nuhp-shuh l, -chuh l] /ˈnʌp ʃəl, -tʃəl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to marriage or the marriage ceremony:
the nuptial day; nuptial vows.
2.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of mating or the mating season of animals:
nuptial behavior.
noun
3.
Usually, nuptials. a wedding or marriage.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; (Middle French) < Latin nuptiālis, equivalent to nupti(ae) marriage, wedding, derivative of nubēre to marry (of a woman); cf. nubile
Related forms
nuptially, adverb
quasi-nuptial, adjective
Synonym Study
3. See marriage.
Pronunciation note
The pronunciations
[nuhp-choo-uh l] /ˈnʌp tʃu əl/ (Show IPA)
and
[nuhp-shoo-uh l] /ˈnʌp ʃu əl/
by analogy with such words as mutual and actual, are not considered standard.
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British Dictionary definitions for quasinuptial

nuptial

/ˈnʌpʃəl; -tʃəl/
adjective
1.
relating to marriage; conjugal: nuptial vows
2.
(zoology) of or relating to mating: the nuptial flight of a queen bee
Derived Forms
nuptially, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin nuptiālis, from nuptiae marriage, from nubere to marry
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Word Origin and History for quasinuptial

nuptial

adj.

late 15c., from Middle French nuptial, or directly from Latin nuptialis "pertaining to marriage," from nuptiae "wedding," from nupta, fem. past participle of nubere "to marry, wed, take as a husband," related to Greek nymphe "bride," from PIE *sneubh- "to marry, wed" (cf. Old Church Slavonic snubiti "to love, woo," Czech snoubiti "to seek in marriage," Slovak zasnubit "to betroth"). Related: Nuptially.

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