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 (spou′zəl, -səl)
1. Of or relating to marriage; nuptial.
2. Of or relating to a spouse.
n. often spousals
Marriage; nuptials.

[From Middle English spousaille, marriage, from Old French espousaille, from Latin spōnsālia, betrothal, from neuter pl. of spōnsālis, of marriage, from spōnsus, past participle of spondēre, to pledge; see spouse.]


(Ecclesiastical Terms) (often plural)
a. the marriage ceremony
b. a wedding
(Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to marriage
ˈspousally adv


(ˈspaʊ zəl)

1. nuptial; matrimonial.
2. Often, spousals. nuptial.
spous′al•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.spousal - of or relating to a weddingspousal - of or relating to a wedding; "bridal procession"; "nuptial day"; "spousal rites"; "wedding cake"; "marriage vows"
2.spousal - relating to a spouse; "a fitting symbol of spousal love"


Of, relating to, or typical of marriage:
The act or ceremony by which two people become husband and wife.Often used in plural:
bridal, espousal, marriage, nuptial (often used in plural), wedding.


adj (esp US) → ehelich
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To the Nuptial Bowre I led her blushing like the Morn: all Heav'n, And happie Constellations on that houre Shed thir selectest influence; the Earth Gave sign of gratulation, and each Hill; Joyous the Birds; fresh Gales and gentle Aires Whisper'd it to the Woods, and from thir wings Flung Rose, flung Odours from the spicie Shrub, Disporting, till the amorous Bird of Night Sung Spousal, and bid haste the Eevning Starr On his Hill top, to light the bridal Lamp.
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