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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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 Kim went blonde at the beginning of May, and now the comedian has followed suit, with a near-white shade of blonde—even brighter and lighter than his significant other’s. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 31 May 2022 Women who got to hug their significant other showed a decrease in the production of cortisol -- a stress hormone -- compared with those who did not. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 23 May 2022 No one wants to have to convince their significant other to do that. Globe Staff,, 22 May 2022 But before Mary-Kate and Olivier’s relationship ended, they were seen out a few times with Ashley and her significant other. Hilary Weaver, ELLE, 11 May 2022 Spending quality time with your significant other before bed, specifically, may offer a beneficial bonding boost, according to Dr. Drouin. Nikki Campo, SELF, 3 May 2022 After the former One Direction member debuted his unisex nail polish, Pleasing, in November, Wilde was quick to show her support for her significant other's new business venture. Nicole Briese,, 22 Apr. 2022 Everyone has been respectful, except my significant other. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 29 Mar. 2022 Powered by an earworm finger-snapping beat, a regretful Maluma is asking his significant other for a second chance. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of significant other

1940, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jun 2022

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“Significant other.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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significant other

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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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