Definition of spouse in English:


Line breaks: spouse
Pronunciation: /spaʊz
, -s/


A husband or wife, considered in relation to their partner.
More example sentences
  • There is no doubt that Russell made a mess of his relations with his spouses and children.
  • It is common for customers' husbands or wives to pick up pieces to surprise their spouses when they get home.
  • For example, don't give in to pressure from spouses, relatives, friends.
informal better half, other half, old man, old woman, old lady, hubby, missis, missus, wifey, WAGs (wives and girlfriends)
dated lady
archaic helpmate, helpmeet


Middle English: from Old French spous(e), variant of espous(e), from Latin sponsus (masculine), sponsa (feminine), past participles of spondere 'betroth'.

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