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  • n. The property or state of being nubile

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being marriageable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being nubile or marriageable.


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  • Though he believed that male circumcision had vanished from southern Mozambique a long time previously, Junod described continuing female "nubility" or initiation (khomba) rites practised among the "Northern clans," a group that would have included residents of the Magude area; it was in this context, he implies, that girls were continuing to adopt a second name.

    Where Women Make History: Gendered Tellings of Community and Change in Magude, Mozambique

  • I could not be moved by Teutonic nubility, taut bellies, or thong-flossed buttocks.

    Life As We Know It

  • The approach of nubility had been more strongly marked still when Albertine, speaking of another girl whose tone was bad, said:

    The Guermantes Way

  • She was still quite beautiful, though she lacked the plump nubility of the oil nymphs she was trying to imitate.


  • Practical considerations, however, necessitated a temporary deferral of this plan, since—having only recently commemorated the twelfth anniversary of her birth—she had yet to arrive at that age which, from time immemorial, has signified the threshold of nubility.


  • Even if my father had eloped with a female barely past the age of nubility, she would, at present, be significantly older than the person I saw.


  • Chem was a few years younger than Irene, but centaurs aged more slowly than human beings did, so she was now in the flush of nubility.

    Dragon on a Pedestal

  • In France, more than half the women who have reached the age of nubility are married; in Ireland, generally speaking, less than a third.

    Sex Avoided subjects Discussed in Plain English

  • "That all this virility and nubility and glamor is pure coincidence?"

    Masters of Space

  • Referring to the years of nubility following puberty, he remarks: "I have very often seen the greatest fecundity of ideas, the most brilliant imagination, a singular aptitude for the arts, suddenly develop in girls of this age, only to give place soon afterward to the most absolute mental mediocrity."

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 Analysis of the Sexual Impulse; Love and Pain; The Sexual Impulse in Women


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  • see nubile for the usage.

    September 12, 2008