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spouse

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noun \ˈspau̇s also ˈspau̇z\

Definition of spouse

  1. :  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

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-


First Known Use: 13th century


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spouse

play
verb \ˈspau̇z, ˈspau̇s\

Definition of spouse

spoused

;

spousing

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  wed

13th Century

First Known Use of spouse

13th century


SPOUSE Defined for English Language Learners

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spouse

play
noun \ˈspau̇s also ˈspau̇z\

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

  1. :  a married person :  husband, wife



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