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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What's more, Amy and Matt are photographed next to each other, while both of their significant others — Caryn Chandler and Chris Marek — are not in the snapshot at all. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Matt Roloff's Family Photo Has 'Little People, Big World' Fans Worried About Zach," 8 Oct. 2018 The large home also has space for their six grown children, plus spouses, significant others and four grandchildren who love to visit their home away from home in Louisville. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "This Prospect home does summer the right way with the perfect pool," 14 June 2018 Kids, pets and significant others were most definitely not invited. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "A Girls' Weekend in a Ford Fusion Energi," 31 Mar. 2014 The project offers a brooding reflection on love, whether for the singer's titular hometown, his young daughter, a significant other, or himself. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Elton John and Husband David Furnish Tell 6LACK About Sending Each Other Weekly Love Letters for 25 Years," 26 Sep. 2018 This time, it'll be hosted by Ananda Lewis, and designers and carpenters from both HGTV and TLC will be given $10,000 to secretly re-do a room while the person's significant other sends them on a weekend getaway. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "TLC And HGTV Are Rebooting Another Iconic Home Renovation Show In 2019," 29 Oct. 2018 The event, that attracts some of the most influential 40-something ladies and their significant others, raised over $1 million for programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The Society’s Research Grants Program. Sarah Bray, Town & Country, "The Society of MSK and Carolina Herrera Host a Black Tie Disco at the Plaza," 15 May 2017 Who better to spend time with in Italy than an invisible significant other? 4. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "5 hilarious moments from Jimmy Butler's 2018 NBA offseason," 4 July 2018 Visually replicating the swiping motion used on smartphones, the video shows dating candidates literally swiping away potential significant others until one couple connects with each other. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "John Legend Talks Being on a High After 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live,' Details How New Single is 'Part of Me'," 6 Apr. 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 \

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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