spousal

[spou-zuh l]

noun

Often spousals. the ceremony of marriage; nuptials.

adjective

nuptial; matrimonial.

Nearby words

  1. spotted wintergreen,
  2. spottedly,
  3. spotter,
  4. spottie,
  5. spotty,
  6. spousally,
  7. spouse,
  8. spout,
  9. spout cup,
  10. spouted

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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British Dictionary definitions for spousal

spousal

noun

(often plural)
  1. the marriage ceremony
  2. a wedding

adjective

of or relating to marriage
Derived Formsspousally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for spousal

spousal

adj.

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

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