significant other


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


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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The Jonas Brothers unexpectedly performed at a college bar and brought along their significant others. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Tripped in Front of Fans at a Jonas Brothers Show and She Recovered Flawlessly," 8 Apr. 2019 The Jonas Brothers and their significant others sure know how to have a good time. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "The Jonas Brothers and Their Significant Others Have the Cutest Nickname," 7 Apr. 2019 Fast forward six months and both parties had broken up with their respective significant others. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Meet the Married Couple From Kiev Behind All That Viral Denim," 13 Mar. 2019 Those looking to make a more serious commitment can carve their and their significant other’s first initials into Jennifer Fisher’s heart-and-arrow necklace pendant or pick out charms for Monica Vinader’s charm bracelet. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Make It Personal: 14 Custom Jewelry Gifts for Valentine’s Day," 1 Feb. 2019 If you are attached, you might be forced to deal with an internal issue as a result of your relating to your significant other., "Horoscope," 6 June 2018 He was predeceased by his significant other, Joan (Casson) Dubay of Avon and his niece, Sherry Miller., "Keith Michael Gillespie," 17 May 2018 Upon learning that our significant other wants to have Italian for dinner, the vast majority of us would probably Yelp the nearest Olive Garden. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Serena Williams Was in the Mood For Italian, So Her Husband Flew Her To Italy," 23 July 2018 And your significant other probably rides with you a bunch, so their DNA is going to be in the car. Bianca Hillier, NBC News, "No arrests in four-year-old missing persons case of Virginia woman Janet Renee Field," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of significant other

1940, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of significant other

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

significant other

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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an enemy or opponent

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