- a person's wife.
- a person's husband.
Origin of better half
Examples from the Web for better half
That you had a better-half somewhere, to which you belong when you are at home.
He would have recognised the actress, however, if his better-half had allowed him to do so.Crying for the Light, Vol. 1 [of 3]
J. Ewing Ritchie
Count Ambrose and his better-half stayed in the castle; the good mother would never leave her nursling.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
When we left the house in the morning I saw Benry's better-half placing a few eggs in water to boil over the fire.Alone with the Hairy Ainu
A. H. Savage Landor
They had wrangled all the thirty years they had been married; but Toine was good-humored, while his better-half grew angry.Original Short Stories, Volume 9 (of 13)
Guy de Maupassant
- jocular one's spouse
Idioms and Phrases with better half
Also, better part. The larger amount or majority of something, as in I won't be long; the better half of this job is complete, or I have spent the better part of my life in this city. Sir Philip Sidney used the first term in Arcadia (1580): “I ... shall think the better half of it already achieved.” The variant appears in a well-known proverb, discretion is the better part of valor.
Also, my better half. One's (my) spouse, as in I'm not sure if we can go; I'll have to check with my better half. Originally this expression meant “a close friend or lover,” and by the 16th century it referred to either a wife or lover. Sidney used it in this way, again in Arcadia: “My dear, my better half (said he), I find I must now leave thee.” Today it tends to be used lightly for either husband or wife. “Late 1500s”