A spouse is your companion, your mate, your partner. In ye olden times, spouse was used as a verb meaning “to marry,” but nowadays, it functions as a noun referring to either husband or wife.

Your spouse is often called "your better half." What we call adultery used to be referred to as spouse-breach in the early 13th century. American pediatrician Benjamin Spock said, “The surest measure of a man's or a woman's maturity is the harmony, style, joy, and dignity he creates in his marriage, and the pleasure and inspiration he provides for his spouse.” So, avoid that spouse-breaching at all costs, and till death do you part.

Definitions of spouse

n a person's partner in marriage

better half, married person, mate, partner
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Albert Francis Charles Augustus Emmanuel
prince consort of Queen Victoria of England (1819-1861)
(Old Testament) the wife of Uriah and later the wife of king David; Solomon was her son by David (circa 10th century BC)
Catherine of Aragon
first wife of Henry VIII; Henry VIII's divorce from her was the initial step of the Reformation in England (1485-1536)
Anne Hathaway
wife of William Shakespeare (1556-1623)
Marquise de Maintenon
French consort of Louis XIV who secretly married the king after the death of his first wife (1635-1719)
(Old Testament) the second wife of Jacob and mother of Joseph and Benjamin
(Old Testament) wife of Isaac and mother of Jacob and Esau
the great-grandmother of king David whose story is told in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament
(Old Testament) the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac
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someone who marries one person while already legally married to another
the husband or wife of a reigning monarch
helpmate, helpmeet
a helpful partner
hubby, husband, married man
a married man; a woman's partner in marriage
monogamist, monogynist
someone who practices monogamy (one spouse at a time)
honeymooner, newlywed
someone recently married
someone who is married to two or more people at the same time
married woman, wife
a married woman; a man's partner in marriage
battle-ax, battle-axe
a sharp-tongued domineering wife
benedick, benedict
a newly married man (especially one who has long been a bachelor)
a woman who has recently been married
crown princess
the wife of a crown prince
a man whose wife committed adultery
family man
a man whose family is of major importance in his life
first lady
the wife of a chief executive
golf widow
a wife who is left alone much of the time because her husband is playing golf
bridegroom, groom
a man who has recently been married
honest woman
a wife who has married a man with whom she has been living for some time (especially if she is pregnant at the time)
house husband, househusband
a husband who keeps house while his wife earns the family income
homemaker, housewife, lady of the house, woman of the house
a wife who manages a household while her husband earns the family income
the wife or widow of a marquis
a married woman (usually middle-aged with children) who is staid and dignified
the wife of a mayor
missis, missus
informal term of address for someone's wife
old lady
your own wife
a woman with two or more husbands
a man with two or more wives
prince consort
a prince who is the husband of a reigning female sovereign
sheika, sheikha
the wife of a sheik
an Italian title of address equivalent to Mrs. when used before a name
trophy wife
a wife who is an attractive young woman; seldom the first wife of an affluent older man
ux., uxor
(legal terminology) the Latin word for wife
a husband who murders his wife
wife of a viceroy
a wife or widow of a viscount
Type of:
domestic partner, significant other, spousal equivalent, spouse equivalent
a person (not necessarily a spouse) with whom you cohabit and share a long-term sexual relationship
relation, relative
a person related by blood or marriage

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