\ 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)

transitive verb

: wed

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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 Your spouse suddenly seems very paranoid about checking the mail. Kimberly Nelson, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 This is especially the case if your spouse earns considerably less than you. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 Facebook knows more about you than your spouse does. Blake Masters, WSJ, 6 Sep. 2021 Truly unplug and be present with your spouse on this adventure. Essence, 6 Sep. 2021 This is not like getting your spouse to change religions. Mike Bass, The Enquirer, 3 Sep. 2021 Of course, Yellen owes her amazing success to other things, too: exceptional intelligence, innovative ideas, a collaborative nature, support from her spouse — and certainly, a bit of luck and timing. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 Tickets are $5 off on weekdays and $7 off on weekends for military members, their spouse and their children under the age of 18. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2021 The Notre Dame team felt a bit like its spouse had hired a private investigator to catch it cheating. Dan Egan, jsonline.com, 30 Aug. 2021

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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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15 Sep 2021

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“Spouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spouse. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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