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”

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This family cabin tent is roomy enough for your better half and your children, or any sleepovers your kids have been begging you to host. Kelsey Butler, USA TODAY, "Have a memorable backyard campout tomorrow: items you can order for delivery," 19 July 2019 Martin Scorsese’s delightful and wily possible-documentary Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, made for Netflix, gives us a good half of those Dylans, and probably more. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Martin Scorsese’s Bob Dylan Film Rolling Thunder Revue Is One of the Most Truthful Movies You’ll See in 2019," 12 June 2019 Their collective experience spans the better half of the last century. Devin Antheus, Vogue, "Legends of San Francisco," 30 Apr. 2019 When her not-so-better half, Red, also played by N’yongo, wants to air her grievances, Adelaide listens intently and, as a result, learns important information to help her family survive. Susan X Jane, Glamour, "In Us, Lupita Nyong’o Is the Horror Heroine We’ve Been Waiting For," 22 Mar. 2019 View this post on Instagram Happy birthday to my better half always! Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Anthony De La Torre, Lana Condor's Boyfriend and Fellow Actor?," 7 Feb. 2019 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of better half

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

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