significant other


noun

Sociology. a person, as a parent or peer, who has great influence on one's behavior and self-esteem.
a spouse or cohabiting lover.

Nearby words

  1. significance test,
  2. significancy,
  3. significant,
  4. significant digits,
  5. significant figures,
  6. significant symbol,
  7. signification,
  8. significative,
  9. significs,
  10. signified

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British Dictionary definitions for significant other

significant other

noun

US informal a spouse or lover
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Culture definitions for significant other

significant other

A person whose close relationship with an individual affects that individual's behavior and attitudes. A significant other is usually a family member, spouse, child, employer, coworker, friend, or lover, who serves as a role model or whose acceptance and approval is sought.

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