\ 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

If your mom always seems to be cleaning up after kids, grandkids, her spouse, the dog, etc. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon's Most Popular Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift Is on Sale Today," 10 May 2019 He is survived by his 4 daughters and their spouses, Marilyn ( Alan) Byer & Adrienne (Alan) Silver all of The Villages, FL, Roxanne (Johanna) Fried of Davie, FL & Debra (Gerald) Barker of Cheshire, CT. courant.com, "Milton Golden," 13 July 2018 His death was confirmed by his spouse, Allan Glaser, who said the cause was cardiac arrest after a blood clot moved from Mr. Hunter’s leg to his lung. Aljean Harmetz, BostonGlobe.com, "Tab Hunter, 86, Hollywood heartthrob in 1950s," 10 July 2018 It could easily be used by a domestic abuser to track down their spouse, or by an authoritarian government to round up immigrants and political dissidents. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "New Jersey Welcomes a New Surveillance State," 11 June 2018 Alexi Lubomirski's images include a family portrait of the couple with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and their spouses, as well as Markle's mother and the children who served as bridesmaids and page boys. Bloomberg.com, "Palace Shares Family Portrait And Other Royal Wedding Photos," 21 May 2018 His second wife, the Lebanese character Marcia, played by Hiam Abass, corresponds to Murdoch’s third spouse, Wendi Deng. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Confirmed: Yes, Rupert Murdoch's Family Enjoys Watching "Succession"," 8 Apr. 2019 Despite acting as spouses, Reeves and Ringwald have only two brief scenes together, neither one of which is anything to write home about. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "Review: Keanu Reeves is stranded in the low-energy romantic thrills of 'Siberia'," 10 July 2018 The Gold Star designation is for people whose loved ones — spouses, children, siblings, parents — have died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Gold Star Families monument in Havre de Grace unveiled Sunday," 17 June 2018

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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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