significant other

noun

Definition of significant other

: a person who is important to one's well-being especially : a spouse or one in a similar relationship

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Synonyms for significant other

Synonyms

better half, consort, mate, partner, spouse

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Examples of significant other in a Sentence

Before you make such an important decision, you should talk it over with your significant other. she has threatened to divorce her significant other if he doesn't stop gambling

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Over the past three years, their ultra-exclusive fundraiser has garnered a reputation as the place to hobnob with past and present baseball legends, their significant others and adoptable local pets. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Kate Upton sighting, rescue pets and Astros stars raise $400K at Tootsies in River Oaks," 14 June 2019 Deciding to move in with a significant other is a milestone for any couple. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Orlando Soria's Unspouse My House Gives the Newly-Single a New Sense of Home," 6 June 2019 So secretive that even performers Dan + Shay didn’t tell their own significant others. Washington Post, "Dan + Shay spill details of the Jonas-Turner secret wedding," 6 June 2019 Getting glammed up for a significant other on Valentine's Day can be fun, but the hearts-and-flowers holiday is also a time to celebrate self-love. Talia Abbas, SELF, "19 Valentine’s Day Lingerie Looks You Should Wear This Feb. 14 Because You Love Your Damn Self," 6 Feb. 2019 Cassandra has found love again, with a twist: Her current significant other is Samantha Ronson, the 41-year-old DJ/musician best known as the sister of recent Oscar winner Mark Ronson. Seth Abramovitch, Town & Country, "The Loves and Losses of Cassandra Grey," 18 Apr. 2019 And that goes for not just significant others but also friends and family. Jenna Birch, Woman's Day, "11 Love Lessons Every Mother Should Teach Her Daughter," 23 Jan. 2019 Today, getting a tattoo that represents a significant other isn’t a surprising move. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "Elsa Pataky Has Had a Thor Tattoo Since She Was 15 - 19 Years Before Meeting Husband Chris Hemsworth," 30 Apr. 2018 Di Maria, a teammate of Lucas' and a former United player, has first-hand experience of living in the north west of England and his significant other is believed to have put Larissa off moving to the Premier League with the Red Devils. SI.com, "Man Utd Dealt Blow in Lucas Moura Pursuit Amid Wife Concerns Over Manchester Switch," 13 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of significant other

1940, in the meaning defined above

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significant other

noun

English Language Learners Definition of significant other

: someone that you have a romantic relationship with : your husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend

significant other

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significant oth·​er | \ -ˈət͟h-ər How to pronounce significant other (audio) \

Medical Definition of significant other

: a person who is important to one's well-being especially : a spouse or one in a similar relationship

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