1 of 2


: married person : husband, wife


2 of 2


spoused; spousing

transitive verb

: wed

Examples of spouse in a Sentence

Noun my brothers and sisters and their spouses employees and their spouses are covered by the health plan
Recent Examples on the Web
Everyone, from your parents to your siblings to your spouse, feels that on a visceral level. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 Fletcher's future with Rodgers is top of mind for the Texas native, who met her spouse on The Bachelorette in 2016. Dory Jackson, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2024 Easley herself identifies as bisexual, and her spouse identifies as gender fluid. Rebecca Noel, Charlotte Observer, 8 Apr. 2024 What’s counted for probate purposes depends on state law, and California excludes cars, boats and mobile homes, as well as bank accounts owned by multiple people, property that transfers directly to a spouse and real estate outside California. Liz Weston, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Apr. 2024 All are about you and her dad as spouses, none about Mom and her girl. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2024 In Florida, in the same scenario, the spouse gets everything. USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024 Only one spouse must meet the ownership requirement for a married couple filing jointly. Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Sometimes family members were targeted: including the spouse of a high-ranking Justice official, senior White House officials and multiple U.S. senators, according to the Justice Department statement. Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2024
The Arrested Development star has been married to spouse Nadine Cera since 2017, while Plaza wed filmmaker Jeff Baena in 2021. Shania Russell, EW.com, 16 June 2023 Lannie Kali sat on a lawn chair along Couch Street next to spouse Maria Kali, as their 13-year-old daughter, Dania, sat on the curb in front of them. oregonlive, 19 June 2022

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Word History



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-

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spouse was in the 13th century

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“Spouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spouse. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


 also  ˈspau̇z
: a married person : husband, wife

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