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Nubile refers to a young woman who is ready or suitable for marriage.[1] Since at least 1973, it has also been used to refer to a sexually attractive young woman.[2][3]


The English word traces its roots to 1642 in reference to being "marriageable" (as said of a woman) from the French nubile. Its historical roots, though, can be traced still further back to the Latin nubilis, also meaning "marriageable", which is from the stem of nubere which means "take as husband".[3]

In 1973 it was first used in the sense of "sexually attractive".[3]


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