What does bridal mean?

Definitions for bridal
ˈbraɪd lbridal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bridal, espousaladjective

    archaic terms for a wedding or wedding feast

  2. bridal, nuptial, spousaladjective

    of or relating to a wedding

    "bridal procession"; "nuptial day"; "spousal rites"; "wedding cake"; "marriage vows"

  3. bridaladjective

    of or pertaining to a bride

    "bridal gown"


  1. bridalnoun

    A wedding.

  2. bridalnoun

    A wedding feast.

  3. bridaladjective

    Of or pertaining to a bride, or to wedding; nuptial; as, bridal ornaments; a bridal outfit; a bridal chamber.

  4. Etymology: bef. 1100; ME bridale wedding feast, OE brȳdealu, equiv. to brȳd bride + ealu ale, i.e., ale-drinking; now taken as bride + -al

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bridaladjective

    Belonging to a wedding; nuptial; connubial.

    Etymology: from bride.

    Our wedding chear to a sad fun’ral feast,
    Our solemn hymns to sullen dirges change,
    Our bridal flowers serve for a buried corse. William Shakespeare.

    Come, I will bring thee to thy bridal chamber. William Shakespeare.

    The amorous bird of night
    Sung spousal, and bid haste the ev’ning star,
    On his hill-top to light the bridal lamp. Parad. Lost, b. viii.

    Your ill-meaning politician lords,
    Under pretence of bridal friends and guests,
    Appointed to await me thirty spies. John Milton, Agonist. l. 1195.

    When to my arms thou brought’st thy virgin love,
    Fair angels sung our bridal hymn above. Dryden.

    With all the pomp of woe, and sorrow’s pride!
    Oh, early lost! oh, fitter to be led
    In chearful splendour to the bridal bed! William Walsh.

    For her the spouse prepares the bridal ring,
    For her white virgins hymenæals sing. Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abel.

  2. Bridalnoun

    The nuptial festival.

    Nay, we must think, men are not gods;
    Nor of them look for such observance always,
    As fits the bridal. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
    The bridal of the earth and sky,
    Sweet dews shall weep thy fall to-night;
    For thou must die. George Herbert.

    In death’s dark bow’rs our bridals we will keep,
    And his cold hand
    Shall draw the curtain when we go to sleep. Dryden.


  1. bridal

    A bride is a woman who is about to be married or who is newlywed. When marrying, the bride's future spouse, is usually referred to as the bridegroom or just groom. In Western culture, a bride may be attended by a maid, bridesman and one or more bridesmaids.


  1. bridal

    Bridal refers to anything related to a bride or a wedding. It typically refers to activities, events, accessories or services that are specifically pertaining to a bride or pertaining to the process of a wedding. For example, a 'bridal shower' refers to a pre-wedding event for the bride and 'bridal gown' refers to the dress the bride wears for the wedding.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bridalnoun

    of or pertaining to a bride, or to wedding; nuptial; as, bridal ornaments; a bridal outfit; a bridal chamber

  2. Bridalnoun

    a nuptial festival or ceremony; a marriage

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bridal

    brīd′al, n. a marriage feast: a wedding.—adj. belonging to a bride or a wedding: nuptial. [Bride, and Ale, a feast.]

Editors Contribution

  1. bridal

    Relating to a bride.

    The bridal party arrived at the dress shop together.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 16, 2020  

Anagrams for bridal »

  1. ribald

  2. bildar

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bridal in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bridal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of bridal in a Sentence

  1. Neil Saunders:

    The scale of these layoffs suggest that David’s Bridal is in crisis mode, it indicates there is massive restructuring going on behind these scenes with a view to conserve cash as the company prepares for either bankruptcy or a sale.

  2. Jamie Singleton:

    This is the high season for bridal jewelry. There are a tremendous number of couples who get engaged from Thanksgiving through to the New Year, and we're ready to go.

  3. Jamie Singleton:

    This is very Millennial-based, and frankly they are the demographic that represents most of the shoppers in the bridal category anyway, the lesser cost of a lab-created diamond allows couples to buy a larger stone.

  4. Christine Gilbert:

    I ordered a limo, and then we booked a couple of different bridal salons, it was on a Saturday, I think the week before Valentine's Day.

  5. Charlotte Tilbury:

    I was so thrilled and honored to be asked to design Britney’s bridal beauty look! britney is an icon of our time who has inspired and empowered us all with her joy and positive energy. She’s such a natural beauty and has the most mesmerizing big, brown eyes.

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