Spouse meaning

spous, spouz
Your spouse is the person to whom you are married; your husband or wife.

An example of a spouse is your husband.

noun
15
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A person's husband or wife.

People should treat their spouses with respect.

noun
9
1
A marriage partner; a husband or wife.
noun
8
3
(dated) To wed; to espouse.
verb
5
3
A partner in marriage; (one's) husband or wife.
noun
3
2
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To marry; wed.
verb
3
2
To marry; wed.
verb
3
5

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