AskDefine | Define spouse

Dictionary Definition

spouse n : a person's partner in marriage [syn: partner, married person, mate, better half]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • IPA: /spaʊs/ (singular), /ˈspaʊzɪz/ (plural)
  • SAMPA: /spaUs/ (singular), /ˈspaUzIz/ (plural)


  1. A husband or wife, irrespective of sex or gender; a husband's or wife's husband or wife is his/her spouse.

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Extensive Definition

The term spouse generally refers to a partner in a marriage: If may also mean:
  • In some usages, a partner in a civil union instead of a proper marriage
  • Work spouses, a pair of co-workers sharing emotional bonds similar to those in a marriage
spouse in Breton: Pried
spouse in Dutch: Echtgenoot
spouse in Japanese: 配偶者
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