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: married person : husband, wife


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spoused; spousing

transitive verb

: wed

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Example Sentences

Noun my brothers and sisters and their spouses employees and their spouses are covered by the health plan
Recent Examples on the Web
Now the national security adviser, secretary of state and vice president are calling Griner’s spouse, Cherelle. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2022 Scammers typically create fake online profiles on dating websites that include false personal details such as the death of a spouse, or military service, to lure victims to trust them. Hartford Courant, 4 Aug. 2022 All Secure Foundation works to heal the entire family unit — not just the person, but the spouse, the children and other family members. Fox News, 1 July 2022 In a detailed agreement, the Swedish FA agreed to cover the cost of each player bringing over their spouse, or partner, and children to England for the duration of the tournament. Asif Burhan, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Consider how your policy will cover an employee's spouse, significant other, or dependents. Allyson Kapin, Fortune, 27 June 2022 As the future Queen raising a future King, Kate is expected to flawlessly fulfill multiple roles: princess, supportive spouse, hands-on mom, international bridge-builder, charity advocate, style icon and more. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, 14 June 2022 Under Section 35, a police officer, physician, spouse, relative, guardian, or court official may petition a district court or juvenile court to commit someone with alcohol or substance use disorder to a treatment facility. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2022 In 2009, Hannifin died without a will, a spouse, or any biological descendants. Michael Waters, The Atlantic, 17 May 2022 See More

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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

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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 25 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition



: a married person : husband, wife

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