Spouse

  • 1 Spouse — (spouz), 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Spouse — (spouz), v. t. [See {Espouse}, and {Spouse}, n.] To wed; to espouse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This markis hath her spoused with a ring. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Though spoused, yet wanting wedlock s solemnize. Spenser. [1913 Webster] She was found… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 spouse — I noun coniunx, consort espouse, helpmate, helpmeet, husband, marital partner, marriage partner, mate, wife II index consort Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 spouse — spouse·hood; spouse·less; spouse; …

    English syllables

  • 5 spouse — c.1200, a married woman in relation to her husband (also of men), from O.Fr. spus (fem. spuse), from L. sponsus bridegroom (fem. sponsa bride ), from masc. and fem. pp. of spondere to bind oneself, promise solemnly, from PIE *spend to make an… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 spouse — [spaus, spauz] n formal [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: espous(e), from Latin sponsus promised (in marriage) , from spondere; SPONSOR1] a husband or wife ▪ Spouses were invited to the company picnic. >spousal [ˈspauzəl] adj ▪ spousal… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 7 spouse — [ spaus ] noun count FORMAL * a husband or wife …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 8 spouse — is a convenient gender neutral term, less formal in tone than it once was, for a married man in relation to his wife and a married woman in relation to her husband …

    Modern English usage

  • 9 spouse — [n] one of a married couple better half*, bride, companion, groom, helpmate, husband, man, mate, partner, roommate, wife, woman; concept 414 …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 spouse — ► NOUN ▪ a husband or wife. ORIGIN Latin sponsus, from spondere betroth …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 spouse — [spous; ] also, esp. for vt. [, spouz] n. [ME spus < OFr espous < L sponsus, betrothed, pp. of spondere: see SPONSOR] a partner in marriage; (one s) husband or wife vt. spoused, spousing Archaic to marry; wed …

    English World dictionary

  • 12 spouse — 01. Employees are welcome to bring their [spouse] to the annual Christmas party. 02. Please indicate on the form if your [spouse] is insured under any other medical plan. 03. Our parental leave plan allows either you or your [spouse] to take up… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 13 Spouse — The term spouse generally refers to a partner in a marriage: *A husband, referring to a male. *A wife, referring to a female.It may also mean: *In some usages, a partner in a civil union instead of a proper marriageee also*Work spouses, a pair of …

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  • 14 spouse — n. a beloved; faithful; unfaithful spouse * * * [spaʊz] faithful unfaithful spouse a beloved …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 spouse — [12] A spouse is etymologically someone who has made a ‘promise’ to another – in this case, of marriage. The word comes via Old French spous, spouse from Latin spōnsus ‘bridegroom’ and spōnsa ‘bride’, noun uses of the past participle of spondēre… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 16 spouse */ — UK [spaʊs] / US noun [countable] Word forms spouse : singular spouse plural spouses formal a husband, or a wife …

    English dictionary

  • 17 spouse —   Kāne, wahine, kekahi, kahi; punalua (spouses sharing a spouse); epukane, hoa inau; wai apo (fig.); pili ao ao, moe mau.    ♦ How is your spouse? Pehea kahi o olua? …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 18 spouse — [12] A spouse is etymologically someone who has made a ‘promise’ to another – in this case, of marriage. The word comes via Old French spous, spouse from Latin spōnsus ‘bridegroom’ and spōnsa ‘bride’, noun uses of the past participle of spondēre… …

    Word origins

  • 19 spouse —    A wife or husband can refer to ‘my spouse’, meaning ‘my married partner’, my wife or husband as the case may be. The word would therefore seem to be a convenient marital term of address, but it has never been commonly used, other than briefly… …

    A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • 20 spouse — spousehood, n. spouseless, adj. n. /spows, spowz/; v. /spowz, spows/, n., v., spoused, spousing. n. 1. either member of a married pair in relation to the other; one s husband or wife. v.t. 2. Obs. to join, give, or take in marriage. [1150 1200;… …

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