Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

spouse

play
noun \ˈspau̇s also ˈspau̇z\

Simple Definition of spouse

  • : someone who is married : a husband or wife

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spouse

  1. :  married person :  husband, wife

spousal

play \ˈspau̇-zəl, -səl\ adjective

Examples of spouse in a sentence

  1. my brothers and sisters and their spouses

  2. <employees and their spouses are covered by the health plan>



Origin and Etymology 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


2

spouse

play
transitive verb \ˈspau̇z, ˈspau̇s\

Definition of spouse

spoused

spousing

archaic

  1. :  wed



13th Century

First Known Use of spouse

13th century


SPOUSE Defined for Kids

spouse

play
noun \ˈspau̇s\

Definition of spouse for Students

  1. :  a married person :  husband, wife





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up spouse? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a representation of something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

melancholy frenetic lazy philistine
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ