soul·​mate ˈsōl-ˌmāt How to pronounce soulmate (audio)
variants or soul mate
plural soulmates or soul mates
: a close friend or romantic partner with whom one has a unique deep connection based on mutual understanding and acceptance
When I fell in love the first time, I believed in 'soulmates,' and felt he was the one.Tuli Banerjee
We were always friends, and we always stayed in touch. There was always this connection. I can't explain it. It's almost like soulmates, and it always was.Melanie Griffith, quoted in People Weekly
Every lonely adolescent fantasizes a lost twin somewhere, the perfect companion, confidant and soul mate—another self.Sharon Begley
: a person who shares the same beliefs or opinions as another person
ideological soulmates
You half-heartedly play the election game, giving your vote to the least offensive candidate at the time. But you save your heart, hoping for that day when your political soul mate rides in on a white horse.Burt Constable
also : something likened to a soulmate in being very similar to or being a typical companion to another thing
And, unlike their soulmates at Pinehurst, these [golf] courses often feature substantial elevation changes. Larry Olmsted
Discovery, like its soul mate love, is a many-splendored thing. Stephen Jay Gould

Examples of soulmate in a Sentence

a husband and wife who are perfect soulmates They are ideological soulmates.
Recent Examples on the Web Love and Relationships Thomas says a soulmate, either platonic or romantic, could be around the corner in 2024. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 The life lesson learned: Um, maybe don’t take 20 years to figure out that your best friend is your soulmate? Moira MacDonald / Seattle Times, Twin Cities, 10 Feb. 2024 For her part, Sloane doesn’t think John and Jane are soulmates, either. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024 With her dream seeming to come true, Maddie soon realizes that her real soulmate is someone else entirely. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 1 Feb. 2024 The new app is just one example of how generative AI has seeped into the dating scene over the past year, with both app developers and people seeking soulmates adopting the technology. Amanda Hoover, WIRED, 25 Jan. 2024 But Steele recognized something in Ferrell, and the two soon became creative soulmates on the show. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 23 Jan. 2024 Best friends from day one of their Seattle Grace residency, the two see each other through new loves, professional challenges and heartbreak, and coined a new term for that type of soulmate. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 4 Jan. 2024 Thank you for making this day so special, for being the best boyfriend in the universe and for making my dreams come true by falling in love with the perfect human and finding my soulmate. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 17 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of soulmate was in 1822

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“Soulmate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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