Origin of spousalsee espousal
- Now Rare of marriage
- of or relating to a spouse: spousal benefits
- Of or relating to marriage; nuptial.
- Of or relating to a spouse.
Origin of spousalFrom Middle English spousaille, marriage, from Old French espousaille, from Latin sp&omacron;ns&amacron;lia, betrothal, from neuter pl. of sp&omacron;ns&amacron;lis, of marriage, from sp&omacron;nsus, past participle of spond&emacron;re, to pledge; see spouse.
(comparative more spousal, superlative most spousal)
- Boweth your head under that blissful yoke [...] Which that men clepeth spousal or wedlock.
- The spousals of the newborn year.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From spouse +"Ž -al