Definition of spouse in English:

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spouse

Pronunciation: /spaʊz/
Pronunciation: /spaʊs/

noun

A husband or wife, considered in relation to their partner.
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.
Synonyms
informal better half, other half, old man, old woman, old lady, hubby, missis, missus, wifey, WAGs (wives and girlfriends)
dated lady
archaic helpmate, helpmeet

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with spouse

douse, dowse, Gauss, grouse, house, Klaus, louse, Manaus, mouse, nous, Rouse, souse, Strauss

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