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Meaning of SPOUSE

Pronunciation:  spawz

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a person's partner in marriage

SPOUSE is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: better half, married person, mate, partner
 See Also: bigamist, consort, helpmate, helpmeet, honeymooner, hubby, husband, man and wife, marriage, married couple, married man, married woman, monogamist, monogynist, newlywed, polygamist, relation, relative, significant other, wife



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Spouse\, n. [OF. espous, espos, fem. espouse, F.
    ['e]poux, ['e]pouse, fr. L. sponsus, sponsa, prop. p. p. of
    spondere, sponsum, to promise solemnly, to engage one's self.
    Cf. {Despond}, {Espouse}, {respond}, {Sponsor}.]
    1. A man or woman engaged or joined in wedlock; a married
       person, husband or wife.
             At last such grace I found, and means I wrought,
             That that lady to my spouse had won.  --Spenser.
    2. A married man, in distinct from a spousess or married
       woman; a bridegroom or husband. [Obs.]
             At which marriage was [were] no person present but
             the spouse, the spousess, the Duchess of Bedford her
             mother, the priest, two gentlewomen, and a young
             man.                                  --Fabyan.
  2. \Spouse\, v. t. [See {Espouse}, and Spouse, n.]
    To wed; to espouse. [Obs.]
          This markis hath her spoused with a ring. --Chaucer.
          Though spoused, yet wanting wedlock's solemnize.
          She was found again, and spoused to Marinell.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Cant. 4:8-12; Hos. 4:13, 14) may denote either husband or wife, but in the Scriptures it denotes only the latter.