bridal vs espousal what difference

what is difference between bridal and espousal

English

Etymology

From Middle English bridale, from Old English brȳdealo (wedding ale; wedding feast); synchronically analyzable as bride +‎ ale. The attributive usage was strengthened by association with bride +‎ -al.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbraɪ.dl̩/
  • (US) enPR: brīd-(ə)l, IPA(key): /ˈbɹaɪd(ə)l/
  • Homophone: bridle
  • Rhymes: -aɪd(ə)l

Noun

bridal (plural bridals)

  1. (archaic) A wedding feast or festival; a wedding.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.10:
      [] the crowne, which Ariadne wore / Upon her yvory forehead, that same day / That Theseus her unto his bridal bore []

Translations

Adjective

bridal (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to a bride, or to wedding; nuptial.

Derived terms

  • bridal couple
  • bridal day

Translations

Anagrams

  • labrid, ribald

Middle English

Noun

bridal

  1. Alternative form of bridale


English

Etymology

From Middle English espousal, espousaille, from Old French espousailles, from Latin sponsalia (a betrothal), neuter plural of sponsalis, from spōnsus (one betrothed, a spouse); see spouse.

Noun

espousal (countable and uncountable, plural espousals)

  1. A betrothal.
  2. A wedding ceremony.
  3. Adoption of a plan, cause, or idea.

Related terms

  • espouse
  • spouse
  • sponsor

Translations

Further reading

  • espousal in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • espousal in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • espousal at OneLook Dictionary Search

Anagrams

  • sepalous

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