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

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Ben Affleck, at least, has hung on to his significant other from SNL: producer Lindsay Shookus. Allie Jones, The Cut, "Are Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield Back Together?," 29 May 2018 And Miley can't stop, won't stop there — check out all this St. Paddy's Day madness: Not to be outdone by his significant other, Liam came correct with the Jolly Green Giant-edness of it all. Laura Beck, Cosmopolitan, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Had the MOST Insane St. Patrick's Day Party Ever," 18 Mar. 2018 Meghan meets the family Meeting a significant other's family is always a little stressful, but Meghan took it all in stride, with Prince William and Prince Charles apparently the first to break the ice. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A Timeline of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Relationship," 25 Jan. 2018 The significant other spends a fair amount of time alone with my grandchild. Amy Dickinson,, "Grandparents worry about toddler's welfare," 1 May 2018 One day, the facilitators handed out a sheet of paper with a list of self-care activities — things like reading for pleasure, playing with children, spending time with significant others, and going to church. Gina Ryder, The Cut, "I Joined a Procrastination Support Group and It Changed My Life," 19 Apr. 2018 Kim’s grandfather and father both had multiple significant others, and personal matters involving members of the Kim family are treated with the utmost discretion by the North’s propaganda machine. Washington Post, "Kim Jong Un turns to his wife and sister to soften his image," 18 Apr. 2018 His significant other, Marcie Sherman, hopes the phone rings sooner. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Ben Davis teacher must 'get sicker' before he can get new liver," 4 Apr. 2018 Her husband, Alton (Chief) Langford, son, Glenn Langford, and significant other John (Jay) Bora, precede her in death., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/11," 11 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 \

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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