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spouse

play
noun \ ˈspau̇s also ˈspau̇z \

Definition of spouse

:married person :husband, wife

spousal

play \ˈspau̇-zəl, -səl\ adjective

Examples of spouse in a Sentence

  1. my brothers and sisters and their spouses

  2. employees and their spouses are covered by the health plan

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Origin and Etymology of spouse

Middle English, from Anglo-French espus (masculine) & espuse (feminine), from Latin sponsus betrothed man, groom & sponsa betrothed woman, bride, both from sponsus, past participle of spondēre to promise, betroth; akin to Greek spendein to pour a libation, Hittite šipant-


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spouse

play
verb \ ˈspau̇z , ˈspau̇s \

Definition of spouse

spoused; spousing
transitive verb
archaic
:wed

First Known Use of spouse

13th century


SPOUSE Defined for English Language Learners

spouse

play
noun

Definition of spouse for English Language Learners

  • : someone who is married : a husband or wife


SPOUSE Defined for Kids

spouse

play
noun \ ˈspau̇s \

Definition of spouse for Students

:a married person :husband, wife


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