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 The woman’s significant other, though reports vary on their status, then posted online, calling the men rapists., "Eastern Michigan rape suspect: Title IX director said assault didn't sound like him," 10 Apr. 2021 Martinelli’s significant other called 911 again and told dispatchers her boyfriend had been shot, the complaint said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Man shot and killed his neighbor after they argued about noise complaints, charges say," 8 Apr. 2021 Across the country, Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) was wildly out of sync with Tess (Eris Baker), effectively spoiling her daughter's study date with her non-binary significant other, Alex (Presley Alexander). Dan Snierson,, "This Is Us writers break down double best-man drama — and what that 'ex' ending means," 7 Apr. 2021 Lunar New Year has been more prominent in my life the last several years since meeting my significant other, Cindy. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Through his art, a local artist’s quest to discover culture and self," 27 Mar. 2021 No inviting your significant other to meet your boss (why should that happen?)., "The aftermath with my boss," 23 Apr. 2021 Below are some easy-to-play yet ridiculously fun card games to try with your significant other. Lindsay Tigar, CNN Underscored, "27 games perfect for couples stuck inside," 6 Apr. 2021 This French press holds two servings of coffee: one for you and one for your significant other. Caroline Harris, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Camping Coffee Makers, According to Thousands of Outdoor Enthusiasts," 20 Mar. 2021 The final choices are up to the preference of the man wearing the garments (or, perhaps his significant other). Lois Fenton, Arkansas Online, "Black-tie events have explicit rules for what one wears," 4 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of significant other

1940, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2021

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“Significant other.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 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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