Definition of "spouse" []

  • A marriage partner; a husband or wife. (noun)
  • Archaic To marry; wed. (verb-transitive)
  • A person's partner in marriage (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To marry (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "spouse" in a sentence
  • "The term spouse is applied to married people until their marriage is consummated"
  • "The new marriage licenses - which add the term spouse - will be distributed to town and city clerk offices across the state in advance of the same-sex marriage law taking effect July 24."
  • "Killing your spouse is an effective way of ending an argument but that doesn't make it OK; it's still murder and still illegal."