verb (used with object), spoused, spous·ing.
Origin of spouse
Examples from the Web for spouse
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of spouse
Mr. Hartland was every thing which a reasonable woman could desire in a spouse, and accordingly his suit was not rejected.Tales of My Time, Vol. 1 (of 3)
William Pitt Scargill
What train of curses that base brood pursues, When the young nephew weds old uncle's spouse.Bride of Lammermoor
Sir Walter Scott
To this summons a most horrible "maid" responded, and to her were consigned Georgina and her spouse.
Conviction prior to marriage by either party of felony or infamous crime, unknown to the other spouse.Marriage and Divorce Laws of the World
Despite her spouse's hints, Blossom never lost faith in Pershing.The Sin of Monsieur Pettipon
noun (spaʊs, spaʊz)
verb (spaʊz, spaʊs)
Word Origin 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."