soul mate

noun

Definition of soul mate

  1. 1 :  a person who is perfectly suited to another in temperament

  2. 2 :  a person who strongly resembles another in attitudes or beliefs ideological soul mates

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Examples of soul mate in a sentence

  1. a husband and wife who are perfect soul mates

  2. They are ideological soul mates.

Did You Know?

The earliest known use of soul mate is found in an 1822 letter from English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge to "a Young Lady" in which he writes, "To be happy in Marriage Life, nay … in order not to be miserable, you must have a Soul-mate as well as a House or a Yoke-mate…." The word yokemate is used to refer to someone who is figuratively yoked to another, such as a close associate or companion, or, as Coleridge uses the word, a spouse. Coleridge's advice to the recipient of his letter, then, is that she should not simply settle for a husband, but rather for a person whose character and sensibilities are of a nature suitable to her own. Soul mate is now often used by English speakers to describe those with whom our bonds of affection are marked by a strong sense of like-mindedness and intertwined affinities.

1822

First Known Use of soul mate

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