Share this entry
spouse Syllabification: spouse
Pronunciation: /spous/

Definition of spouse in English:


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.
(life) partner, mate, consort
See also husband, wife


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
Definition of spouse in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Related Words