nuptial


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nuptial \Nup"tial\, n.; pl. Nuptials (n[u^]p"shalz).
   Marriage; wedding; nuptial ceremony; -- now only in the
   plural.
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         Celebration of that nuptial, which
         We two have sworn shall come.            --Shak.
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         Preparations . . . for the approaching nuptials.
                                                  --Prescott.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nuptial \Nup"tial\ (n[u^]p"shal), a. [L. nuptialis, fr. nuptiae
   marriage, wedding, fr. nubere, nuptum, prop., to cover, to
   veil, hence, to marry, as the head of the bride was covered
   with a veil; cf. Gr. ? bride, nymph: cf. F. nuptial.]
   Of or pertaining to marriage; done or used at a wedding; as,
   nuptial rites and ceremonies.
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         Then, all in heat,
         They light the nuptial torch.            --Milton.
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