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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: espous(e), from Latin sponsus 'promised (in marriage)', from spondere; SPONSOR1

spouse

noun
     
spouse [countable] formal
a husband or wife:
Spouses were invited to the company picnic.
spousal adjective:
spousal abuse
WORD FOCUS: married WORD FOCUS: married
single not married
divorced
if you are divorced, you have officially ended your marriage to someone
engaged
if you are engaged to be married, you have formally agreed to marry someone in the future
widowed
if you are widowed, your husband or wife has died
be living together
to be living as a couple in the same house without being married
spouse
formal the person you are married to
partner
your husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend
marital status
whether you are single or married - used on official forms


See also
married

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