\ ˈspau̇s How to pronounce spouse (audio) also ˈspau̇z How to pronounce spouse (audio) \

Definition of spouse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: married person : husband, wife


\ ˈspau̇z How to pronounce spouse (audio) , ˈspau̇s How to pronounce spouse (audio) \
spoused; spousing

Definition of spouse (Entry 2 of 2)

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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: Noun If one spouse is non-Parsi, they are not deemed eligible for colony life. Rhea Mogul, CNN, "One of India's richest minority groups enjoys some of Mumbai's best rents. Here's why," 4 July 2020 However, the package excluded couples who filed a joint tax return if one spouse lacks a social security number, even if the other is a U.S. citizen. CBS News, "Many Americans didn't receive a stimulus check because of who they married," 29 June 2020 The actor and comedian is interviewed in the series about his late spouse’s struggles to balance her home life and her drive to unravel a mystery that had vexed law enforcement for decades. Los Angeles Times, "Review: HBO’s Golden State Killer doc is a fitting eulogy for the intrepid Michelle McNamara," 26 June 2020 Another survey, by Top Data of Austin, Texas, found 43% of respondents said their pet is better company during the pandemic than their spouse. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "On the bright side: Bay Area stories about coping with grief, weight loss and empty airports," 8 June 2020 Stitt leaves behind his spouse, Mary Beth; daughter Carolyn (Robert); sons Evan (Susan) and Mark; six grandchildren and their spouses and four great-grandchildren. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "David Stitt, a lifelong Dearborn resident died due to COVID-19 complications," 7 June 2020 His spouse, children, parents and two siblings are U.S. citizens. Megan Webber, The Denver Post, "ACLU wins settlement with State Department for Colorado man denied passport despite citizenship," 19 Feb. 2020 After his divorce from Mary Kay, Steve remarried and had more children, and seldom spoke about his notorious former spouse. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Mary Kay Letourneau 'Made Peace with Vili,' First Husband Before She Died, Says Source," 13 July 2020 If patients have dementia or other cognitive impairments, homes are supposed to reach out to a primary point of contact, such as a spouse or child. Washington Post, "The ‘Covid Cocktail’: Inside a Pa. nursing home that gave some veterans hydroxychloroquine even without covid-19 testing," 7 July 2020

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First Known Use of spouse


13th century, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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Cite this Entry

“Spouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spouse. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of spouse

: someone who is married : a husband or wife


\ ˈspau̇s How to pronounce spouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of spouse

: a married person : husband, wife

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