- either member of a married pair in relation to the other; one's husband or wife.
- Obsolete. to join, give, or take in marriage.
Origin of spouse
Examples from the Web for spouse
Otherwise, he decides whether or not to perform a wedding based on how comfortable he feels with the spouse on the outside.Saying Yes to the Dress—Behind Bars
December 8, 2014
Well, that is very beneficial to the spouse who has a new job in LA, but detrimental to the one who left a job in New York.Is Alimony Anti-Feminist?
August 25, 2014
One can only imagine the reaction had a GOP operative made the exact same slur against the spouse of a Democratic candidate.In Kentucky, Elaine Chao Endures Racist Attacks From Liberals
August 5, 2014
My present—and it is to be hoped permanent—wife is not off pursing a spouse more to her liking.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 8, 2014
Less surprising perhaps that the death of a spouse or close family member also rank so highly.Psychologists View Both Divorce and Marriage as Major Life Stresses
May 12, 2014
Her voice was pleasant as she asked: "Martin, did you hear your spouse just now?"Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
I am told he even built a mansion for her while the spouse was in London on business.In the Valley
The spouse of the Yellow Lord is mentioned in the same connection.The Chinese Fairy Book
Her duty accomplished, she was now returning to him, for she was spouse as well as mother.Fruitfulness
"And of course he said nothing of the kind," retorted his spouse.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
- a person's partner in marriageRelated adjective: spousal
- (tr) obsolete to marry
Word Origin and History for spouse
c.1200, "a married woman in relation to her husband" (also of men), from Old French spus (fem. spuse), from Latin sponsus "bridegroom" (fem. sponsa "bride"), from masc. and fem. past participle of spondere "to bind oneself, promise solemnly," from PIE *spend- "to make an offering, perform a rite" (see spondee). Spouse-breach (early 13c.) was an old name for "adultery."