[spou-zuh l]
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  1. nuptial; matrimonial.

Origin of spousal

1250–1300; Middle English spousaille, aphetic variant of espousaille espousal
Related formsspous·al·ly, adverbin·ter·spous·al, adjectivein·ter·spous·al·ly, adverb
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  1. (often plural)
    1. the marriage ceremony
    2. a wedding
  1. of or relating to marriage
Derived Formsspousally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for spousal

1510s, from spousal (n.) "condition of being espoused, action of marrying," from Old French esposailles (see espousal).

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