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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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 This stylish smart watch, which comes in 20 different color options, is a robust gift for an active significant other who thrives on time outdoors. Lauren Levy, NBC News, "Valentine's Day 2021: Best ways to celebrate during a pandemic," 9 Feb. 2021 This is the kind of thing that will go faster with more hands, so feel free to rope in anybody from your quarantine pod — significant other, spouse, child, roommate — who wants to partake in the result. Washington Post, "Vegetarian wontons are a delight to eat in this light, fragrant soup," 20 Dec. 2020 Parx gives a heartfelt thank you to her significant other, for helping turn an otherwise lonesome year into one filled with love. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "First Out: New Music from Taylor Bennett, Tayla Parx, Netta & More," 18 Dec. 2020 Looking to pop the big question to your significant other this holiday season and in need of a unique diamond engagement ring? Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "7 places to score big on jewelry and watches this Cyber Monday," 29 Nov. 2020 This special occasion holiday pack comes with eight modern single serve glass bottles of rosé, Cabernet and a red wine blend for you and your significant other to sample. Lauren Levy, NBC News, "Valentine's Day 2021: Best ways to celebrate during a pandemic," 9 Feb. 2021 According to a recent study by Lalin Anik of the University of Virginia and Ryan Hauser of Yale, that’s why people often prefer to receive a unique gift from their significant other rather than a lavish one. Dan Ariely, WSJ, "Significant Others Need Special Gifts," 21 Jan. 2021 If your significant other's love language is physical touch, this aspect of the relationship is at the top of their list. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Ways to Say 'I Love You' Include Creative Gifts and Gestures," 13 Jan. 2021 There are lots of songs about impressing a significant other with a big car/tractor/truck. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The 60 Best Country Love Songs of All Time," 14 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of significant other

1940, in the meaning defined above

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1 Mar 2021

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“Significant other.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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