From nuptial, borrowed from Latin nūptiālis (“pertaining to marriage”), from nūptiae (“wedding”) (also plural only), from nūpta, from nūbō (“to marry, to take as husband”), from Proto-Indo-European *sneubho-, *snewbʰ- (“to marry, wed”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈnʌpʃ(ə)ls/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈnʌp(t)ʃəls/, /ˈnəp-/
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- Hyphenation: nup‧tials
nuptials pl (plural only)
- A wedding ceremony. [from mid 16th c.]
- 1712 March 7, Joseph Addison; Richard Steele, “MONDAY, February 25, 1711–1712 [Julian calendar]”, in The Spectator, number 310, London: J[acob] and R[ichard] Tonson, OCLC 1026609121; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, Carefully Revised, in Six Volumes: With Prefaces Historical and Biographical, volume IV, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, 1853, OCLC 191120697, page 47:
- I hope you will not think it is any manner of disrespect to your person or merit, that the intended nuptials between us are interrupted. My father says he has a much better offer for me than you can make, and has ordered me to break off the treaty between us.
- 1842, Michael de Montaigne [i.e., Michel de Montaigne]; [Antoine] Jay; [Abel-François] Villemain; [Charles] Cotton, transl., “Of Friendship”, in William Hazlitt, editor, The Works of Michael de Montaigne; Comprising; the Essays (Translated by Cotton); the Letters; the Journey into Germany and Italy; Now First Translated; a Life, by the Editor; Notes from All the Commentators; the Critical Opinions of Eminent Authors on Montaigne; the Élodies of MM. Jay and Villemain; a Bibliographical Notice of All the Editions; and Copious Indexes, London: John Templeman, 248, Regent Street, OCLC 28193434, page 82, column 1:
- [O]f five talents he had, gave two and a half in marriage with an only daughter he had of his own, and two and a half in marriage with the daughter of Eudamidas, and in one and the same day solemnized both their nupitals.
- 1990, X. Türk Tarih Kongresi: Ankara, 22–26 Eylül 1986: Kongreye Sunulan Bildiriler [10th Turkish History Congress: Ankara, 22–26 September 1986: Reported to the Congress] (Türk Tarih Kurumu Yayınları [Turkish Historical Society Publications]; 9, 10a), volume 2, Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu Basımevi [Turkish Historical Society Printing House], →ISBN, page 2318:
- 2015, John Ngong Kum Ngong, “Nuptials at Vespers”, in Nuptials at Vespers & Other Strains: Poems, Mankon, Bamenda, Cameroon: Langaa Publishing & Research Common Initiative Group, →ISBN, page 7:
- We got hitched many years back / […] / The rains were severe that day / and the wild winds inclement / but the nuptials still took place.