better half


Definition of better half

: spouse

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Examples of better half in a Sentence

Please come to our party—and your better half is invited, too! “Allow me to introduce you to my better half, Joan”
Recent Examples on the Web The last guest to arrive is Kenya’s better half, LaToya, clocking in at a stunning one hour, 22 minutes, and 39 seconds after Cynthia arrived. Chris Murphy, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Ice, Ice, Bailey," 11 Jan. 2021 Thompson-Robinson’s running game represented his better half against the Buffaloes. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Run, Dorian Thompson-Robinson, run? It might be key to UCLA’s offense," 8 Nov. 2020 Jimmy's ballast, his up-until-now better half — one of the show's final focuses will be on his sometimes literal partner in crime. Dan Snierson,, "Better Call Saul boss teases the big questions of the final season," 11 Aug. 2020 Chrissy Metz, who plays Toby's better half, is thinking about how an Oscar-winning actress from Mom would make a great mom for Toby — and how a certain seven-time Oscar nominee would check off a box on her personal wish list. Dan Snierson,, "Bruce Willis, Judi Dench, and Matt Damon on This Is Us actors' guest-star wish list," 29 June 2020 The Mini has been selected the best half-marathon in America for each of the past two years by The BibRave 100. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Mini Marathon canceled for first time in 43 years," 18 Mar. 2020 Maryland’s versatility in having players who can both shoot from the outside and drive should make the Terps a good half-court team. Don Markus,, "Three takeaways from No. 7 Maryland basketball’s 73-55 win over Rhode Island," 11 Nov. 2019 That's when his better half stepped in: Dr. Jill Biden was having none of it and got up from her seat, next to the podium, to help escort the man away from the area roped off by stanchions. Sarah Midkiff,, "Watch Jill Biden Protect Her Husband From A Heckling Fan In New Hampshire," 11 Feb. 2020 His better half has been nominated 18 times and has taken home three Grammys. Andrea Wurzburger,, "Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Join These Power Couples Who've Performed Together at the Grammys," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of better half

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of better half was circa 1586

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28 Jan 2021

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“Better half.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of better half

old-fashioned + humorous : someone's wife or husband

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