better half


Definition of better half 

: spouse

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Synonyms for better half


consort, mate, partner, 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”

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That’s a far better half for Argentina — surely their most determined, most focused of the World Cup. Matthew Futterman And Andrew Das, New York Times, "Argentina Finds World Cup Salvation in Thriller Over Nigeria," 27 June 2018 Cassius WInston played his best half of basketball in the second half Saturday. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State shows championship potential in thrilling win over Purdue," 10 Feb. 2018 For me, there was no other options but to come out and have a better half. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride midfielder Alanna Kennedy’s match against Sky Blue was ‘a tale of two halves’," 18 June 2018 Although fans have gotten a closer look into their relationship on his HGTV show in the past few years, there's so much more to Linda besides being Drew's better half. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Drew Scott's Wife, Linda Phan," 2 June 2018 There, Prior helped revitalize the career of Olaf Kolzig, a peripatetic goaltender who spent the better half of his first eight years as a pro in the minors. Matt Rybaltowski, New York Times, "A Source of Fleury’s Success in Las Vegas? His New Goaltending Coach," 11 May 2018 The property is reigned over by the haughty Marchesa Alfonsina de Luna (Nicoletta Braschi, Robert Benigni’s better half), who has about 50 people working for her on her tobacco plantation as sharecroppers. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Happy as Lazzaro' ('Lazzaro Felice'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 13 May 2018 His nubby knit tie was right on trend, while slick oxford loafers lent his look a bossy finish in keeping with his better half’s power accessories. Maria Ward, Vogue, "How Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Do Post–Met Gala Date Night Style," 10 May 2018 Big start Wagner Wagner played his best half of the tournament during the opening half on Thursday, as the 6-foot-11 big man stayed out of foul trouble and outplayed Texas A&M center Tyler Davis. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "NCAA tournament: Michigan vs. Texas A&M," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of better half

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of better half

: someone's wife or husband

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