One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or concerning marriage.‘hymeneal orgies’
matrimonial, marital, marriage, wedding, conjugal, connubial, bridalView synonyms
- ‘The ground was spread with leaves and flowers, and their musicians sung a hymeneal song to the tune of their flutes.’
- ‘Is it so difficult to wait until you are out of the register office to exchange some home-made vows and a selection of inspiring hymeneal ditties?’
- ‘For this reason he was invoked in the hymeneal songs.’
Early 17th century: from Latin hymenaeus, from Hymen (from Greek Humēn), the name of the god of marriage, + -al.
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