from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to marriage or the wedding ceremony.
- adj. Of, relating to, or occurring during the mating season: the nuptial plumage of male birds.
- n. A wedding ceremony. Often used in the plural.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to wedding and marriage.
- adj. Capable, or characteristic, of breeding.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to marriage; done or used at a wedding.
- n. Marriage; wedding; nuptial ceremony; -- now only in the plural.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to marriage, or to the marriage ceremony; connected with or used at a wedding.
- Synonyms Hymeneal, etc. (see matrimonial), bridal.
- n. Marriage: now always in the plural.
- n. Synonyms Wedding, Matrimony, etc. See marriage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to a wedding
Middle English nupcialle, from Old French nuptial, from Latin nūptiālis, from nūptiae, wedding, from nūpta, feminine past participle of nūbere, to take a husband.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin nūptiālis ("pertaining to marriage"), from nūptiae ("wedding"), from nupta, from nūbō ("I marry, I take as husband") from Proto-Indo-European *sneubho- (“to marry, to wed”). (Wiktionary)