\ ˈspau̇s 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\
spoused; spousing

Definition of spouse (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: wed

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Other Words from spouse


spousal \ ˈspau̇-​zəl How to pronounce spousal (audio) , -​səl \ adjective

Examples of spouse in a Sentence


my brothers and sisters and their spouses employees and their spouses are covered by the health plan

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That connection had been the lifeblood of his tenure at Apple, and continuing at the company must have been like inhabiting a home after burying a lifelong spouse. Steven Levy, WIRED, "A Reminiscence of Jony Ive’s Design Legacy," 27 June 2019 Cyrus Vance, Robert Mueller, and Amy Berman Jackson may well be good parents, loving spouses, loyal friends, and charitable individuals. Dennis Prager, National Review, "Leftism Makes People Meaner," 11 June 2019 Some cases are situations where a spouse seeks to end their loved one’s pain. Ann Neumann, Harper's magazine, "Going to Extremes," 10 June 2019 Back in 2011, Jill and first lady Michelle Obama launched Joining Forces, a nationwide campaign to help veterans returning from war and military spouses find career opportunities. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Why Jill Biden Might Just Be Joe Biden's Greatest Political Asset," 25 Apr. 2019 For best friends, spouses, or serious significant others, consider a unique pair of earrings with more personality and edge, like those from Sophie Monet, Ippolita, and Beck Jewels. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Forget Diamonds: Why Pearls Are the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift," 28 Jan. 2019 And that means what’s more valuable is getting me to intend—to plan, to identify a block of time, and to summon a spouse or a friend. Daniel H. Pink, The Atlantic, "The Future of Television Is Being Able to Pick Shows by Length," 11 June 2018 The groups include regional state universities, local health departments, community mental health agencies, and programs to aid rape victims and abused spouses and children. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "As time runs short, Bevin revises pension bill to win needed votes for special session," 5 June 2019 Everybody starts texting all of a sudden their spouses and their children. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Jennifer Aniston, Jimmy Kimmel recount her emergency plane landing," 3 June 2019

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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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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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