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1spouse

noun \ˈspas also ˈspaz\

: someone who is married : a husband or wife

Full Definition of SPOUSE

:  married person :  husband, wife
spou·sal \ˈspa-zəl, -səl\ adjective

Examples of SPOUSE

  1. my brothers and sisters and their spouses
  2. <employees and their spouses are covered by the health plan>

Origin of SPOUSE

Middle English, from Anglo-French espus (masculine) & espuse (feminine), from Latin sponsus betrothed man, groom & sponsa betrothed woman, bride, both from sponsus, past participle of spondēre to promise, betroth; akin to Greek spendein to pour a libation, Hittite šipant-
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with SPOUSE

2spouse

transitive verb \ˈspaz, ˈspas\
spousedspous·ing

Definition of SPOUSE

archaic
:  wed

First Known Use of SPOUSE

13th century
SPOUSE Defined for Kids

spouse

noun \ˈspas\

Definition of SPOUSE for Kids

:  a married person :  husband, wife

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