espous(e), from Latin sponsus 'promised (in marriage)', from spondere; SPONSOR1
a husband or wife:
Spouses were invited to the company picnic.
WORD FOCUS: married WORD FOCUS: married singlenot married divorcedif you are divorced, you have officially ended your marriage to someone engagedif you are engaged to be married, you have formally agreed to marry someone in the future widowedif you are widowed, your husband or wife has died be living togetherto be living as a couple in the same house without being married spouseformalthe person you are married to partneryour husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend marital statuswhether you are single or married - used on official forms ➔ See alsomarried
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.