The term bride appears in combination with many words, some of which are obsolete. Thus 'bridegroom' is a newly married man, and 'bride-bell', 'bride-banquet' are old equivalents of wedding-bells, wedding-breakfast. 'Bridal' (from Bride-ale), originally the wedding-feast itself, has grown into a general descriptive adjective, the bridal ceremony. The bride-cake had its origin in the Roman confarreatio, an upper-class form of marriage, the essential features of whose ceremony were the eating by the couple of a cake made of salt, water and spelt flour, and the holding by the bride of three wheat-ears, a symbol of plenty.