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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Synonyms for significant other


better half, consort, mate, partner, spouse

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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

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As well as her four loving grandchildren; Christine Carlson and her significant other Steve McCracken, Brad Wessels and his wife Natalie, Leah Wessels and Jana Jordan and her husband Josh., "Hazel C. Wessels," 14 Aug. 2019 Although technology has become a vital part of small business, outside of Canadian Bakin’s social media accounts, handled by Johnson’s significant other, Daniela Perallon, his operation is pretty lo-fi. Matt Wake |, al, "He quit his desk job, now his Alabama bakery is rising," 1 Aug. 2019 The idea behind the menu option is a seemingly playful one: to let diners add extra food to their order for when their significant other inevitably picks at their plate. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "This Scottsdale restaurant's menu has a salad section titled 'My Girlfriend's Not Hungry'," 3 July 2019 The council approved an amendment to council policy, 5-0, clarifying that council members must recuse themselves from voting on a spouse or significant other to serve on a committee. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How they voted, June 23," 23 June 2019 Do your research on your significant other’s dream ring with the help of a best friend, mother, Instagram, or Pinterest. Colleen Banks, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Much to Spend—and Where to Save—When Shopping for an Engagement Ring," 12 June 2019 From matching hairstyles to announcing adorable pet names for one another, Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber have the whole showing appreciation for their significant other thing locked down. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Wore an Entire Outfit From Justin Bieber’s Drew House Collection," 12 June 2019 Many relationships don’t pass the test of time implied by inking a significant other’s name on your skin: Just ask Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande. Katherine Cusumano, Allure, "Kylie Jenner and Anastasia Karanikolaou Got Matching "Stormi" Tattoos," 18 May 2019 Generations of the same families and community organizations — along with their neighbors, significant others and co-workers — have run the booths and food stalls. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Generations of Japanese Americans celebrate San Jose’s Obon Festival," 14 July 2019

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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 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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