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Friday, May 18, 2001


\kuh-NOO-bee-ul; -NYOO-\ , adjective;
Of or pertaining to marriage, or the marriage state; conjugal; nuptial.
Wed as teenagers in Chicago, my parents' connubial collaboration had a second result: me and, seven years after my birth, a spectacularly beautiful sequel, my sister, Marcia.
-- Larry Gelbart, Laughing Matters
Given Tina's dismissive attitude toward marriage and the tumult of her relationships with men, it would also be fascinating to know more than we do about the emotional texture and tone of her parents' thirty years of connubial life.
-- Patricia Albers, Shadows, Fire, Snow
But no such happy marriage could now teach the admiring multitude what connubial felicity really was.
-- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Connubial comes from Latin conubialis, from conubium, "marriage, intermarriage," from con-, "with, together" + nubere, "to veil, to marry." It is related to nubile, "of an age suitable for marriage; hence, sexually mature and attractive."
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