hymeneals


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hy·me·ne·al

 (hī′mə-nē′əl)
adj.
Of or relating to a wedding or marriage.
n.
1. A wedding song or poem.
2. hymeneals Archaic A wedding; nuptials.

[From Latin hymenaeus, wedding song, wedding, from Greek humenaios, from Humēn, Hymen, from humēn, membrane; see hymen.]

hy′me·ne′al·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hymeneals - the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performedhymeneals - the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed
ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance - a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"
References in classic literature ?
Any one above or below the prescribed ages who takes part in the public hymeneals shall be said to have done an unholy and unrighteous thing; the child of which he is the father, if it steals into life, will have been conceived under auspices very unlike the sacrifices and prayers, which at each hymeneal priestesses and priest and the whole city will offer, that the new generation may be better and more useful than their good and useful parents, whereas his child will be the offspring of darkness and strange lust.
The uninvited guests enveloped and permeated them, and upon the night air rose joyous cries, congratulations, laughter and unclassified noises born of McGary's oblations to the hymeneal scene.
In those uncivilized days, the Marriage Act had not been passed, and there was no convenient hymeneal registrar in England to change a vagabond runaway couple into a respectable man and wife at a moment's notice.