1. (of a young woman) suitable for marriage, especially in regard to age or physical development; marriageable.
  2. (of a young person, usually a woman) sexually developed and attractive: the nubile girls in their bikinis.

adjective (of a girl or woman)

  1. ready or suitable for marriage by virtue of age or maturity
  2. sexually attractive

adj.1640s, “marriageable” (said of a woman), from French nubile (16c.) or directly from Latin nubilis “marriageable,” from stem of nubere “take as husband” (see nuptial). In sense of “young and sexually attractive” from 1973. Related: Nubility.

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