significant other

noun
Updated on: 14 May 2018

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

  1. Before you make such an important decision, you should talk it over with your significant other.

  2. she has threatened to divorce her significant other if he doesn't stop gambling

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First Known Use of significant other

1940

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SIGNIFICANT OTHER Defined for English Language Learners

significant other

Definition of significant other for English Language Learners

  • : someone that you have a romantic relationship with : your husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend


Medical Dictionary

significant other

noun 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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