Spouse definition

spous, spouz
A marriage partner; a husband or wife.
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A partner in marriage; (one's) husband or wife.
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(dated) To wed; to espouse.
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(archaic) To marry; wed.
verb
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A person's husband or wife.

People should treat their spouses with respect.

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To marry; wed.
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Your spouse is the person to whom you are married; your husband or wife.

An example of a spouse is your husband.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
spouse
Plural:
spouses

Origin of spouse

  • Middle English from Old French spous from Latin spōnsus from past participle of spondēre to pledge spend- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman espus, espuse and Old French espos, espose and by aphasis from Latin spōnsus (“bridegroom"), spōnsa (“bride"), from spondere (“to vow, to pledge"), from Proto-Indo-European *spend-.

    From Wiktionary

  • Cognate to espouse, spondee, sponsor.

    From Wiktionary