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 keyword here is trust: Teach your daughter to trust her significant other, the strength of the relationship, and herself. Jenna Birch, Woman's Day, "11 Love Lessons Every Mother Should Teach Her Daughter," 23 Jan. 2019 One of these reasons is simply jealousy, a desire to be like the other musical celebrities photographed around town with their significant others, like Justin Bieber his new wife (and Shawn's ex), Hailey Baldwin. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes Addresses Gay Rumors," 26 Nov. 2018 Dressing up with your significant other for Halloween is a tricky beast (pun intended). Lynsey Eidell, Glamour, "The Best Celebrity Couples Halloween Costumes Ever," 21 Sep. 2018 Perfect for family and friend get togethers, a date with your significant other, or for a beautiful, summer night! Indianapolis Star, "5 Recipes for the Grill," 13 Apr. 2018 Come for a rowdy dinner with friends, or for a lively night out with your significant other. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Italian Restaurants in New York," 27 Feb. 2018 Plenty of celebrities shared ‘grams of their significant others or cute children, but Kendall Jenner found another creative way to sneak in a celebratory ‘gram...of her poolside attire. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Celebrates Thanksgiving in Tiny Blue Bikini," 24 Nov. 2018 So grab a friend or your significant other and spend an afternoon learning about the history and people of Mexico. Rianne Coale, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago date idea: National Museum of Mexican Art then carnitas," 5 May 2017 Several residents have two signatures on the petition, according to the suit, and there are instances where one spouse signed for themselves and their significant other. Ryan Tarinelli, The Seattle Times, "Ousted gay Texas council member sues over recall defeat," 20 Nov. 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

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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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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